The Professor's History

The Professor's History[Read] ➳ The Professor's History Author Claire Messud – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk In The Professor s History a French historian travels to Algeria to uncover the terrible truth about his country s actions in the region His search leads him to a story which has lain untold but unfor In The Professor s History a French historian travels to Algeria to uncover the terrible truth about his country s actions in the region His search leads him to a story which has lain untold but unforgotten for many yearsClaire The Professor's PDF/EPUB or Messud s work has been hailed for its sweeping appeal and its sheer beauty She explores themes of connection and isolation with unexcelled power and grace. The Professor s History is the story of a man known only as the professor who travels to Algeria in order to write the history of the French military campaigns in that took place there in the nineteenth century The professor is highly conscious of how different the cultures and attitudes of the Algerian Arabs and the French colonists are, observing both as something of an outsider.The professor is particularly interested in incidents of holocaust allegedly perpetrated by the French in 1845 H The Professor s History is the story of a man known only as the professor who travels to Algeria in order to write the history of the French military campaigns in that took place there in the nineteenth century The professor is highly conscious of how different the cultures and attitudes of the Algerian Arabs and the French colonists are, observing both as something of an outsider.The professor is particularly interested in incidents of holocaust allegedly perpetrated by the French in 1845 His investigation occurs during the first world war, and he encounters resistance to his research plans from colonials who would rather forget how they became colonists In this matter, the professor issympathetic to the Algerian locals They carry the history we have forgotten, said the professor Our beginnings here were brutal The professor believes that those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it As war rages on in Europe, he sees that he lives in times of momentous change and believes that people should navigate by learning from the past, and at the same time preserve the knowledge of the present for the benefit of future generations knowledge is the only salvation For the past and future both Noble sentiments indeed, said the administrator But I suspect you have only the experience of your library Forgive me, but I speak as a former military man, and I can assure you, the maps of old battles are of very little use in the field Wits and courage are what s called for the rest is a waste and a distraction The professor persists in his research despite the pessimism of others, but comes to wonder who will listen to the story he plans to tell It s a story that will not particularly appeal to either the French or the Algerians, and with the rest of the world entrenched in war, who would want to read aboutviolence, especially violence that occurred beyond living memory The Professor s History ends on a macabre note, which seems to suggest that the affairs of the dead only matter to the dead that preservation is somehow barbaric and or cruel and that the pursuit of history is futile if the world is not ready to hear the stories such a search yields.The Professor s History is a deep and well crafted novella, impressive in its economy of words and Messud s ability to create such vivid settings Her characters breathe from the moment she introduces them It s a great read, food for thought and for discussion I think it would be an excellent book club pick members can read it in an hour but could discuss its characters and politics for days A brief yet satisfying read I was reminded of Mersault in The Stranger by Albert Camus Perhaps because of the setting and characters Long after I finished reading, I still found myself musing over the story, of what I would do if I were in the professor s shoes If every inch of history deserves to be known Or not.My first Messud, and left with a pleasant taste in my mouth.

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  • Paperback
  • 44 pages
  • The Professor's History
  • Claire Messud
  • English
  • 11 October 2018
  • 0330445774