“History Of Crete by Theocharēs Eustratiou Detorakēs
I really, really wanted to like this book but it is dry, filled with spelling mistakes, and very focused on the Greek Orthodox history of Crete. That’s not to say this book isn’t valuable, because it is. This is the first book I’ve stumbled upon that is a history of Crete from ancient times up to the end of World War 2, but it was still a disappointment to me.
First off, the book is so very dry. I love reading dense history books, but this book is so dry, and the translation is so awkward it is a difficult slog. I read the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in Grade 4, but I still think this is dry. You also have many chapters about the organization of the church, and which part of Crete has this or that priest, or where they built monasteries. Relevance?
This book is packed with spelling mistakes too. I do not exaggerate when I say there are about 2-3 spelling mistakes each page. It’s just unprofessional. Did this book have no editor? It’s a shame because I think a spellcheck program would’ve caught 90% of the mistakes in here.
Speaking of an editor, for the amount of information in this book it could’ve been slimmed down a lot with better editing. A history book doesn’t have to be thick to be worthwhile. They could’ve used those extra pages for more diagrams and pictures. I really enjoyed the 10-20 pictures that were in the back of the book and would’ve liked to see a few more. I’m not sure why they put all the pictures at the back of the book instead of in the text when the related topic came up; the pictures are only black and white so I’m a bit stumped about that decision.
I bought this book while vacation visiting my family in Crete. It looked pretty interesting when I flipped through it, but alas looks can be deceiving. Being of Cretan descent, I’m still on the lookout for a great history of Crete. I don’t advise you not to read this book, but you certainly should skip over the long chapters about the church stuff.
Rating: ★★ Book #17 in my #ReadingChallenge2021 #BookReview #Fiction #history #Crete #TheocharēsEustratiouDetorakēs “,