Non Fiction

The Address Book by Deirdre Mask

Truth be told, it was proven to me once again that you should not make audacious claims openly, written or verbal. The minute I finished typing out the first paragraph of my previous review about having to collectively write multiple posts and schedule them (and I truthfully mean precisely the very minute), I got a call. I ran downstairs to play with my niece( we have had no local cases for over two weeks now, but still roam around in masks as is the custom here). It was time extremely well spent, but it also means I may not stick to my original plan. It remains to be seen how the after dinner time is spent. None of this impacts you as a reader obviously, since I will be staggering the posts over time, but it does feel good to type random stuff out just to get the mood going.

While reading this book, there was a compelling image in my mind not related to the content and its own implication. I felt like I was watching a game of pinball being played. When I played it on any system, as a kid, I would press every button I could without waiting to see where the ball was and then watch it bounce wildly around. The sequence of narration in this book made me feel like I was watching just that. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because despite that fact I decided I enjoyed the content way too much to give it a lower rating!

The author does try to set broad categories, and within those, there are subcategories with regards to the countries/cities in question. The problem is that there are overlaps in theories, histories and other instances of the same context that are required to be mentioned alongside some other heading and then a detour occurs. I seem to have taken a leaf out of the author’s style because I am meandering without talking about the content properly. I will try again. The book is an exciting collection of historical and contemporary politics with a specific point of focus. What does an address mean and what power it holds over the smooth functioning of a society? The author talks about this and more. She covers a broad cross-section of the world, and there were so many minor points hidden between the major ones that I had to read them little by little to savour it. Most of it was new to me, but maybe common knowledge to the people living in those countries. Either way, this is the kind of book that can spark numerous conversations and debates and bring into perspective how the address function in our modern world. Given that for the past month or more, almost the entire world has been limited to having things delivered to their doorstep reading, this might actually be even more fascinating!

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience and my affinity towards factoids.

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