I started this blog while I was reading The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. Then I decided I needed to finish the book before I wrote any more.
I hadn't anticipated the scope and impact of this book, which I would describe as having the same impact on the internal basis of modern life as Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies has on on the historical basis.
It took me longer to finish M&E than I thought. It is a thick book: 460 pages, plus 120 pages of end-notes and bibliography. It's well written, if a bit esoteric (e.g., it doesn't always translate the non-English phrases it presents.) But the length and erudition weren't the reason it took so long. I was continually blown away by the revelations and implications of the book: I had to put it aside to assimilate, and sometimes cry.
I'm not actually finished with the book, but that's another quirk of mine. Often with a book I really enjoy, I don't want it to end. The book can't get any longer, but I can delay the finish and stay in the ambiance of the book a bit longer. (I did this with Life of Pi for several weeks, making the amazing finish all the more powerful.)
One impact of M&E is that I will probably write about it more than I was expecting to. However, it still doesn't seem to tell the whole story, so the other books I mentioned are still relevant.