The book is tiny, but within it are a lot of big ideas and important information.
Everyone will have something to learn from The One Day.
The One DayDavid Malouf
Pages per day: 5.5 (yes, seriously)
This will likely be a short review, due to the incredibly short nature of this piece of writing, so I apologise in advance. I didn’t want to skim over this book, however, because I believe it to be so important. The issues and values raised throughout The One Day are complex and interesting, making it a really thought-provoking read.
Throughout this book, the main focus is on ANZAC Day. For those of you who might be unaware, ANZAC Day is a day of remembrance in Australia, marking the anniversary of Australia and New Zealand’s landing in Gallipoli in 1915. This day is incredibly special to all Australians, young and old, and that is the aspect that David Malouf discusses – why do we, as a nation, celebrate ANZAC Day, if very few of us remember anything about the time? If we were not there? Why do we feel such a personal connection to the day? The reasons David Malouf brings up as to why Australia holds ANZAC Day so close to our hearts are intriguing and moving, and it’s easy to see why, while we’re saddened by the events of the past, we’re proud of such a day.
David Malouf is an amazingly talented writer, and this book is no exception. There is no fiction in The One Day, but his knowledge and passion about this issue is very apparent, and it makes this book so readable and enjoyable. People from outside Australia may find it hard to relate to this book, but if you look at it from the context of a nation collectively paying tribute to an important event in its history, I’m sure you’ll find it really interesting.
Everyone will learn something from this book. Go ahead and read it – it’ll only take you an hour at most! You can find it on Book Depository here with free shipping worldwide, and if you read it, or if you’ve already read it, please let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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