The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

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Book title: The Richest Man in Babylon

Author: George S. Clason

Published by:  Signet non-fiction (Penguin groups)

Publication year: 1988

If you go by the title of this book and think this is one religious book, then you’re getting something wrong. Beautifully written introductory chapter. George Clason leads his readers on with the story of Bansir the chariot builder of Babylon, a man who desires to have enough money. And of course, his story and his meeting with Kobbi the musician leads us into the real contest and on whose Character the book was written.

‘Being as you know, the son of a humble merchant, one of a large family with no hope of an inheritance, and not being endowed, as you have so frankly said, with superior powers or wisdom, I decided that If I was to achieve what I desired, time and study would be required…’ This happens to be in the words of Arkad, the richest man in Babylon. The author made most use of ancient Babylonian proverbial saying alongside stunning storyline and something kind of cinematic mental picturing to pass across his message. At the extreme end, of the last paragraph on [Pg 17] a friend of Arkad said he was fortunate for being that successful after he was made heir to Algamish’s fortune. And I tell you has become a popular saying about success in this present age, nothing of such is being fortunate. When you have the desire to succeed and you work hard, definitely success has to be the end result. Just exactly Arkad’s response to him.

The use of various archaic English phrases spurs up a special urge in me to read more. Reading a text like this brings famous writer, William Shakespeare to life. Who knows, it might probably be one of those rare reasons why this book hit the bestsellers record, though the fact that it deals severely with the subject of appropriate judicious use of money draws up the enormous acceptance its sales has been enjoying over the years.

It definitely can’t be far-fetch that one good acceptability this book also enjoys from its numerous readers is the author’s ability to drive down a good narration with a compelling story of finances, and of course, the story of the richest man in Babylon which most especially raises the anxious expectations of its readers.

This inspirational classic conveys through ancient Babylonian parables owes much to the thrifty and several financial successes of ancient Babylonian merchants dating back to about 8000 years ago. This book which was first released in a pamphlet with the title just the same with this book quickly wins for itself the world acclamation amongst individual, banks and insurance companies in 1926 and I can shock you, it is still winning till now. It is a book one’s generation need read, another yet good historical book civilization owes much.

 

Chain Reaction

Book title: Chain Reaction

Author: Robert Tine

Publisher by:  St Martins Paperback

Publication year:  1996

 

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Whizkid Mechanist Eddie Kasalivich is a member of a team of intelligentsia research scientists who had the key to a cheap pollution free energy. But on the eve of the completion of this successful laboratory discovery, the team leader was assassinated and the laboratory set ablaze in such a weird explosion that left the security operatives and public in awe. Kasalivich alongside colleague physicist Lu Chen and the only female amongst the team, Lily Sinclair were frame to be the killer of Professor Bucholtz. And then the chase was on.

Robert Tine opens this book with a statement that causes the curiosity of the readers to rise. He coast along the shores of this book with some level of suspense, hence driving his readers all through a time when he finally unleashes the scope of the laboratory experiments.

Holding onto the theme of betrayal which seems to be the strongest and dominant theme in this book, Robert was able to paint well the picture of a betrayal James Shannon. James of course listens cleverly to the author’s instruction and was able to push the drama up to the climax where tension steams up. The dramatic turns of action right from the drawbridge experience where Eddie hides avoiding the cops arrest was also one attention seeking part of this book. Infact I was anticipating what the next scene where Lily has been waiting for him at the train station will look like. The author unleashes a kind of surprise as he was just dominant on the theme of betrayal. One would have been expecting much from a spell-bounding science fiction thriller like this. Though I was actually expecting more from Robert but he just wouldn’t give it to me.

Yeah, I’m yet to see the movie tie-in, but I think the latter part of this book was quite confusing and incomplete. The question is:

What happens to Eddie Kasalivich and Lily?

What about James Shannon? Relating to the killing of Professor Bucholtz murder trial, (for shrilling out loud, this is a murder case)

Did the court arraign anyone?

Or maybe Robert is not telling me certain things I need know, I was even wondering if this book has got a sequel or a part two.

Things fall Apart

Book title : Things fall Apart

Author: Chinua Achebe

Published by: Heinemann publishers

Publication year: First Published 1958

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After reading Things fall apart by one of Nigeria’s renown writer, I got to understand the two intertwining stories Chinua Achebe told with ease. The first which centers
around Okonkwo, a “strong man” belonging to an Igbo (Ibo) ancestry in eastern part of Nigeria and the second, the missionary movement in the ancient village of Umuofia. The first of this story traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society. The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo’s world through the
arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries which wouldn’t co-relate with certain ritual prone traditional practices in Umuofia. These two sagas perfectly harmonizes, an awareness capable of gathering at once a rural native life, nature expectations and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.

This is one book of several contrasts I have ever read. It brings in a story, the marriage of colonialism, native culture, animism and Christianity. Masculinity was also never exempted. The author brings it more in the quest to showcase Okonkwo’s manly ego over the women folks.

 Achebe did justice to this character by epitomizing Okonkwo who is the most intriguing character in this African fiction for an abusive, misogynist, who has little patience for the weak, and perhaps his over-ambitious nature. Despite all his faults, his struggles to uphold the traditional practices of his people. But it’s still possible to cast an iota of pity on him after his valiant displays of a true descendant of his ancestors even up to the point of death.

Achebe did brilliantly in this work of fiction by cleverly driving home his story-line with the right visuals and loads of African proverbs in his reservoir of knowledge, no wonder the Europeans got to understand him better on the basis of his clever use of words. I though stand to be corrected, but I’m of the opinion that, no other book of history summarizes the pre-colonial ways, tradition and culture of the Ibo descent and even Africa like Things Fall apart does. Chinua Achebe did justice to all you need to know in this masterpiece, no wonder the celebration of his death was enormous, second to none in the funeral history of his country.

Things Fall Apart is one good novel you need stock in your library and even if you’ve got it already, ain’t nothing bad in buying for someone else.