Mechanically, this book was well written. Punctuation in place, grammar adhered to nicely, spelling correct for the most part. Related to the spelling issue, there were a large number of instances in the text in which it appeared as if the letters had been mistakenly dropped (i.e. al owed). I’m not certain that this was the author’s error since it’s consistently a dropped letter, rather than a misspelling. Also, there was a very occasional mistake in word usage (i.e “When he wasn’t studying complex mathematics, he played with model construction sets and take long walks in the woods”).
Additionally, while I appreciate the author’s desire to keep the material simple for the reader, I was occasionally left wondering how he reached certain conclusions and would loved to have been provided a bit more information so that I could have drawn my own conclusions. For example: “He felt stifled by the education system of the time, and bored with the curriculum, but his grades, at least in the subjects that interested him, were good”. The preceding paragraphs skim over information about his grades and provides a couple of quotes related to education and educators, neither of which I interpreted as disdain as the author concluded; and nothing was provided in which to deduce Einstein felt stifled by education. Again, a bit more information would have been useful in instances such as this.
Overall, it was a decently-written attempt at a biographical work, but as detailed information on Einstein is not common knowledge, I expected to see, at the least, a reference page denoting where the author obtained his facts. This, also, would have enabled me to fill in the gaps so that I, as the reader, could obtain a clearer picture.
Also, I was surprised to see this disclaimer at the end of the Kindle E-book: “This is a work of creative nonfiction. Details included in the book may not be 100% factual and the author may have taken creative license in order to provide a more enjoyable story for the reader”. Hmm. It certainly read like a work of fact and I could not discern where the author veered from fact in order to provide a “more enjoyable story”; nonetheless, knowing this could be wholly, or in part, non-factual, actually put me off as I can no longer trust that this is an accurate depiction of Einstein or his life. It also makes me leery that the author added this disclaimer in order to avoid crediting the work of those individuals who’ve also written on the life of Einstein. What would one discover if they were to run this material through a plagiarism checker?
I would therefore recommend it only to those seeking to read it as a work of fiction, but would advise against using it as reference material in cases where research is needed (i.e. for a student).
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