G (slickmc) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 120 - 122 / 100

120. Ion - Euripides
A play about Ion, the founder of a kingdom in Greece (he's the namesake of 'ionic', as in, 'ionic columns'), when he was a young boy. He was given up by his mother, who was impregnated by Apollo, and spirited away by the god to be a temple servant in another land. The mother eventually finds him, but of course doesn't know it's him, since she thinks he's dead, and there are all sorts of mistaken identity mishaps, with this really bloodthirsty servant trying to convince the mother to kill everyone. There was actually some suspense, which was good.

121. The Tragedy of King Richard III - William Shakespeare
A play about Richard III, who took over England after his brother, Edward IV. died. He killed a lot of people along the way, including his brother, wife, uncles, in-laws, and the rightful heir to the throne, before Henry the VII stepped in, ending the War of the Roses. Pretty good, and as with all the history plays, it really increased my interest in English history.

122. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families : Stories from Rwanda - Phillip Gourevitch
After the Rwandan genocide in 1994, Gourevitch began traveling there and interviewing people to see what really happened. This book has a lot of shocking first-person accounts of the genocide, as well as a lot of history which explains the ethnic discord. Really, an excellent and fascinating book, and I really feel like I learned a lot about both the genocide and Rwanda in general. Highly recommended.
Tags: classic, drama, history, non-fiction, politics, shakespeare

  • January 2021 - Books 1 to 6

    1. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny Inspector Gamache is now retired in Three Pines when he’s recruited to help one of his friends find her…

  • December 2020 - Books 71 to 76

    71. Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park A young mixed-race girl moves with her widowed father to a fledgling South Dakota town in 1880. This is the…

  • Book 12

    Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow, did I love this one. A girl and her ghost dog, Kirby? Yes please. Let me start…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded