Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann
A rapid recounting of a couple of the early popular science heroes. Humboldt and Gauss.
A really quickly moving writing style which benefits from being a translation in some kind of hard to pin down way. The prose style is unusual but clear enough and keeps the reader turning the pages rapidly.
The narrative plunges along and so much is left unsaid about ancillary characters and events that if almost feels like a morality tale at times.
So yes I enjoyed it, but no I don't think it was the masterpiece that many of the papers claimed when this book first came out.
Three out of five stars.