Hello everyone, I hope your day is going well so far.
This past week I’ve read The Verso Book of Dissent, which was quite interesting.
Throughout the ages and across every continent, people have struggled against those in power and raised their voices in protest-rallying others around them and inspiring uprisings in eras yet to come.
Their echoes reverberate from Ancient Greece, China and Egypt, via the dissident poets and philosophers of Islam and Judaism, through to the Arab slave revolts and anti-Ottoman rebellions of the Middle Ages. These sources were tapped during the Dutch and English revolutions at the outset of the Modern world, and in turn flowed into the French, Haitian, American, Russian and Chinese revolutions.
More recently, resistance to war and economic oppression has flared up on battlefields and in public spaces from Beijing and Baghdad to Caracas and Los Angeles.
This anthology, global in scope, presents voices of dissent from every era of human history: speeches and pamphlets, poems and songs, plays and manifestos. Every age has its iconoclasts, and yet the greatest among them build on the words and actions of their forerunners. The Verso Book of Dissent will become an invaluable resource, reminding today’s citizens that these traditions will never die.
This book was definitely intriguing. I loved that it encompassed all different kinds of voices of people from different times.
I think one of the best bits about the book was that at the bottom of each excerpt, was an explanation of the context of that particular piece. I found it helped place each piece very well. The fact that it put it in context helped me understand what I was reading, and the meaning or importance of it.
As the book is a collection, you obviously wouldn’t read it as a novel. It’s nice to flick through and pick and choose what you’d like to read.
I haven’t read many books like this, so I can’t say whether there is a way you can enjoy this book leisurely. To me, it’s a book you pick up and read if you want to know about its contents in particular. Regardless of that though I did enjoy reading it and I learned a lot about voices of dissent from all the different eras.
I rate this book 4 out of 5. 🙂