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Transylvania’s History A to Z: 100 Word Stories Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B09D2V82MG
- Language : English
- File size : 11967 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 73 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 675,163 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Readers are presented with a collection of stories, each of 100 words, the titles of which are in alphabetical order and briefly cover the history of Transylvania from Palaeolithic times to shortly after the end of WW1. We are taken through peaceful times as well as the more turbulent times of invasion and war. Accompanying each story is an explanation of how it relates to historical events or legends of that period and supported by a colourful photo.
One of the stories is told as a poem and celebrates the importance of the woodland to the Transylvanian and Romanian people as a whole. I particularly liked the imagery of this one – although, I loved so many of the stories, it would be difficult to pick out an overall favourite.
A couple of the stories are written as dialogue, followed by an explanation regarding the derivations of words in common usage in the English language today. This is cleverly done and generally focuses on Latin and Romanian words of Dacian /Thracian origin.
All in all, ‘Transylvania’s History A to Z’ is both an informative history book and an imaginative and descriptive work of fiction. I learned a lot about the history of Transylvania as well as being drawn in by the great imagery of the stories. Along the way we meet some fascinating characters, not least amongst them, Vlad the Impaler. Even many of the unnamed/fictional characters left me thinking about them for days. A little gem of a book.
I suspect it is Ms Furstenberg's intention to tickle the reader's curiosity--if so, she more than suceeds, as I find myself overcome with an urge to read up about Dacia, about Saxon emigrants to the region, about Vlad himself, about the complex history of modern Romania.
I particularly enjoyed the sections about language: sometimes, we forget that even today we use words our very, very ancient ancestors also used. Ms Furstenberg's little book helps remind us all that we are all part of a long, long sequence of people, with (hopefully) as many to come after us as have gone before.