Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Left-Handed History of the World by Ed Wright

Throughout history, there have been thousands of people who have made a major mark in our lives; that have really changed how we live.  But how many of those people do you know are left-handed and really did it all on their own?  Well, in this large book, Ed Wright has found a poignant and brilliant group of Southpaws who - if they hadn't been around - life would have been a lot different for us.  From Ramses II to Bill Gates, this book has quite a collection of people's lives.  Many of them didn't have the best education, but they often had the most brilliant mathematical minds around, thought outside the box when nobody else could and had the best ideas when everyone thought all was lost.  
From musicians to artists to rulers and politicians, this book has a very different view into how a Left-Handed person works; as they have particular traits that make them purely original beings and separates them completely from the right-handers of the world.  Once you read this book, you'll be looking at your leftie friends with a whole new respect.

Now I love reading these kinds of books.  This is a book I purchased in the Book Warehouse at Arndale in Logan City.  And the main thing that caught my eye was that it was about left-handed people; famous ones.  Being a leftie myself, I have always felt either a little left out or different from everyone else because of how I think or see things.  And this book has made me feel okay about my differences from my right-handed friends.  Actually, the only thing that's missing from me as a leftie is my mathematical ability; as it disappeared at a young age from an illness.  Otherwise, I'm doing fine.

Ed Wright is an author, poet, critic and harmonica player who lives in Newcastle and Sydney. He writes popular non-fiction and book reviews for a living and is currently working on a novel and collection of poetry. His latest book is The Left-Handed History of the World.

1 comment:

  1. I might have to look for that book sometime. I'm a left-hander myself. I have a book called "The Worlds Greatest Left-handers".

    The manager for the thrift store where I volunteer is also a leftie (and presumably not much older than me). I had two professors in college that were left-handed. At least one of them would have grown up at a time when left-handedness was frowned upon. My mom said that she and my real dad were both ambedextrous but were trained to write right-handed. My sister and my stepdad are the only "pure" righties in my immediate family. I think I had maybe one or two teachers attempt the same with me, but the rest either didn't notice my left-handedness or didn't care.