2008: 120. Salt

“I bought the rock in Spanish Catalonia, in the rundown hillside mining town of Cardona.  An irregular pink trapezoid with elongated, curved indentations etched on its surface by raindrops, it had an odd translucence and appeared to be a cross between rose quartz and soap.”

Salt: A World History, Mark Kurlansky

This is quite possibly the worst book I have read this year.  We thought it would be fun to read something non-fiction for book club, and I thought this would be right up my ally.  I like books that tell the history of things (I am, after all the woman who just read a book about the history of the color red) - I think it can be a fascinating way to tell social history, shift our perspective on an everyday object, etc.  Plus this book was a New York Times best seller, got rave reviews, etc.  And the book should have been interesting - salt is universal, ancient, etc.  So imagine my disappointment when I discovered that the book was horribly written.  So badly written that I could barely finish it - if I hadn’t had it as my bus book, and if the bus wasn’t so darn boring, I wouldn’t have finished it.  There is no thesis, just a drifting along different areas of the world that dealt with salt, and the writing is so clunky that it almost hurt. Such a disappointment.*


*In fact, the only good thing about the book was bitching about it book club! Always a pleasure. 


Date/Place Completed: 8/1/08; D.C.

Categories: Non-Fiction; Book Club

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