I bought a couple of new books today: Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, The Buried Giant, and Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari. Ishiguro’s novel has been out for a while, of course, but it is new to me. Will it be, I wonder, as melancholy an experience as The Remains of the Day was?
Sapiens, I gather, is a book akin to Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel, the Pulitzer-Prize winner from back in 1997 which breathed new life into the very old arguments for the importance of geography in the shaping of human culture. That book, although not satisfying to those who thought its claims were too broad, was nonetheless a very good read. If Sapiens even approaches it in quality, I will be pleased.