Interview with Roy Aronson

If you want to read about the veterinary profession read a book written by a vet. The insights vets have about their profession is irreplaceable. Most vet books written by vets, that I have read, have got it spot on.

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Roy is a veterinary surgeon in a private practice and has had extensive experience with both small animals and wildlife.

He has worked in the city and in the wild African bush. He was the presenter of a series made for TV, called “Dr Roy’s Vet Safari” which was also documented in his first book: Tales of an African Vet. In 2009 he published It’s a Vet’s Life – Adventures in the City and the Wild.

Roy is interested in African mysticism and ancestral worship and communications, and has made a study of this subject, collecting information and firsthand experience and documentation about this subject as well as interviewing indigenous peoples and visiting some sacred sites where African mysticism and alchemy was practiced.

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Tee: Jamie James and the Curse of the Ancestors is a unique blend of the old and the new. How did you come up with the idea of this book?

Roy: The “curse” is based on a curse that is well known in the area. There is a farm about seventy kilometres from Cape Town known as “Boontjieskraal”. The English name for the farm is Bean Farm. About two hundred years ago the owner of the farm whipped a slave to death and the slave’s mother placed a death curse on the males of the family. The last male member died violently in 1986 in a motor cat accident. I wanted to write a book about a young boy who wanted to be a vet. I am also fascinated by the Boontjieskraal curse. It then occurred to me to combine the two ideas and thus Jamie James was born.

Tee: Was it difficult to write from the perspective of a 15 year old boy? Is Jamie based on anyone?

Roy: The most difficult thing is finding the words and rhythm of a fifteen year old, as I am quite a lot older than that (ha ha). My son was 15 at the time and his name is Jamie. I watched him carefully and modelled Jamie James on the characteristics of Jamie Aronson.

Tee: What do you want readers to take away from this book?

Roy: If the reader takes away a sense of wonder at African mysticism and a sensitivity for African wildlife and a realisation that black and white can thrive if they cooperate and learn to love each other, then I have done my job.

Tee: What authors/ books do you enjoy reading?

Roy: I love Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, I love Joseph Campbell’s Hero of a Thousand Faces, and everything in between. My reading preferences are eclectic but if I am pinned down my best read is a novel based on historic fact.

Tee: How would you describe your writing style?

Roy: I am not sure that I have a style that is described in any classic sense. I want to be a story teller. The story is paramount. No use writing a book that is wonderfully written if the story is thin. Better a strong story weakly written than a weak story strongly written. Of course if you can do both, tell a great story and tell it well, then that is first prize. It is what I strive for. But more than anything else, I am a story teller.

Tee: Being a veterinary doctor is a job of massive responsibility. Do you feel that vets are largely misrepresented as comic or eccentric characters?

Roy: How vets are represented depends on what you are reading. If you want to know what vet does, ask a vet. If you want to read about the veterinary profession read a book written by a vet. The insights vets have about their profession is irreplaceable. Most vet books written by vets, that I have read, have got it spot on. Make sure that the person does not just claim to be a vet. Use the internet to actually prove that the author really is a vet. Then that author will be all the more credible.

Tee: How can readers reach you?

Roy: I can be reached via email royaronson@gmail.com This is probably the easiest and best way

I really hope that the readers enjoy my book. It has been a great pleasure writing it. There are three more Jamie James books already written and in the process of being edited for publication.

Book 2. The Horn of Africa, with Jamie James

Book 3. The Great white shark, with Jamie James

Book 4. The Shaman of the forest, with Jamie James

Watch out for book 2. We hope to release it either late this year or early next year.

Read the review Here

 

World History: World History, Europe (World History Series Book 1) by Robert Dean and Raymond C Nelson

The book on European history in the bundle follows a similar framework of narration with a more or less similar arrangement of sections.

Title: World History: History of the World: Ancient History in Mesopotamia to Modern History- The Events, People and Leaders that shaped Our Planet (Book 1) and Europe: European History: The Most Important Leaders, Events, & People Through “European History” That Shaped Europe and Eventually Became the: European … Napoleon, Hitler, Communism, Newton Book 1) 
3rd edition – updated and with added content 

Authors: Robert Dean and Raymond C Nelson

Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Date of Publication: 14 September 2017

Genre: History/ Politics

Rating: 3.7/5

Europe world

With a conversational narrative style Robert Dean deals with the history of the birth, growth and development of human kind as a civilisation. The book is an index to an otherwise elaborate topic that spans eras of inexorable evolution on the face of this planet. The book begins with the Paleolithic Age or the early Stone Age. This is followed by the Neolithic Age of human settlements that were situated beside the river banks where water served to be the most important element in sustaining life. These settlements were agriculture oriented farming families that depended heavily upon crop cultivation and cattle rearing. These indigenous primitive people were mostly a part of what is termed as the Old Age which includes Europe, Asia and Africa until the accidental discovery of the New Age by Columbus. This New World is pioneered by the advanced developments of America. The Neo Classical Age includes the Classical Antiquity of Ancient Greece that led to the Golden Age of Islam in the early part of Renaissance while the Dark Ages reigned in Europe; also marking the beginning of the early Modern Period.

The book provides a quick overview of all the stages in the development of human civilisation throughout the various ages. This sort of textbook division is done to facilitate a better understanding of the trends, patterns and impressions in the historical process. However, like all historical events, there are cross currents of several fundamental happenings simultaneously forming a dynamic history that cannot be strictly divided one dimensionally. Each chapter ends with sections such as Fun facts to shake your brain and General misconceptions of our historywhich show the contrasting ideas that ancient people held in comparison to the moderns and the extent of their ill-informed notions about social and scientific issues. If the choice were yours is an interesting way to get readers involved in imagining their role as people present during important historical happenings.

Each age is dealt with in brief key points. Learning about history and finding accurate sources is not easy. The book explains how geographers and archaeologists go about this laborious task. Bullet points with step by step detail of events in chronological order of occurrence is very useful. The clarity of perception makes the book highly informative though tediously factual. The information is neither diluted nor convoluted. No era is misrepresented over another. There is equal focus on all ages.

The book is easy to read and enlightening but may seem monotonous to those who do not enjoy reading about history at all. The lack of photographs, pictures or any kind of illustrations only adds to the tedium and is a serious drawback. It is a good handbook for introductory lessons to students of history, literature, archaeology and geography. Another interesting feature lies in the final chapters that cover both the heroes and villains that appeared in history.  Dean argues that history shows us how much we have become more and more intertwined with different races in a globalised world. Dean also stresses on the importance of studying this history which is his ultimate motive behind writing the book in order to understand where we came from and where we belong so that we may avoid making mistakes similar to those of our ancestors.

The book on European history in the bundle follows a similar framework of narration with a more or less similar arrangement of sections. It traces the history of Europe from the days of the Dark Ages, Napoleon, Hitler and Communism to the present day formation and functioning of the EU as well as the challenges it tackles in the modern world. Mention about the individual European countries and their development may have made the book more insightful and interesting though adding terribly to its length. The book also provides in detail the relationship between Europe and England which is important in understanding the association between the two in a post Brexit world.

This is a good purchase to increase one’s knowledge about history as a whole and/or a tasteful gift for any history buff.

World History: History of the World: Ancient History in Mesopotamia to Modern History – The Events, People and Leaders that Shaped Our Planet (Renaissance, … Alexander the Great, Sumerians Book 1) by Robert Dean

This sort of textbook division is done to facilitate a better understanding of the trends, patterns and impressions in the historical process.

Title: World History: History of the World: Ancient History in Mesopotamia to Modern History- The Events, People and Leaders that shaped Our Planet (Book 1)

Author: Robert Dean

Publisher: Robert Dean

Date of Publication: 7 October 2016

Genre: History/ Politics

Rating: 3.5

 

world history

With a conversational narrative style Robert Dean deals with the history of the birth, growth and development of human kind as a civilisation. The book is an index to an otherwise elaborate topic that spans eras of inexorable evolution on the face of this planet. The book begins with the Paleolithic Age or the early Stone Age. This is followed by the Neolithic Age of human settlements that were situated beside the river banks where water served to be the most important element in sustaining life. These settlements were agriculture oriented farming families that depended heavily upon crop cultivation and cattle rearing. These indigenous primitive people were mostly a part of what is termed as the Old Age which includes Europe, Asia and Africa until the accidental discovery of the New Age by Columbus. This New World is pioneered by the advanced developments of America. The Neo Classical Age includes the Classical Antiquity of Ancient Greece that led to the Golden Age of Islam in the early part of Renaissance while the Dark Ages reigned in Europe; also marking the beginning of the early Modern Period.

The book provides a quick overview of all the stages in the development of human civilisation throughout the various ages. This sort of textbook division is done to facilitate a better understanding of the trends, patterns and impressions in the historical process. However, like all historical events, there are cross currents of several fundamental happenings simultaneously forming a dynamic history that cannot be strictly divided one dimensionally. Each chapter ends with sections such as Fun facts to shake your brain and General misconceptions of our history which show the contrasting ideas that ancient people held in comparison to the moderns and the extent of their ill-informed notions about social and scientific issues. If the choice were yours is an interesting way to get readers involved in imagining their role as people present during important historical happenings.

Each age is dealt with in brief key points. Learning about history and finding accurate sources is not easy. The book explains how geographers and archaeologists go about this laborious task. Bullet points with step by step detail of events in chronological order of occurrence is very useful. The clarity of perception makes the book highly informative though tediously factual. The information is neither diluted nor convoluted. No era is misrepresented over another. There is equal focus on all ages.

The book is easy to read and enlightening but may seem monotonous to those who do not enjoy reading about history at all. The lack of photographs, pictures or any kind of illustrations only adds to the tedium and is a serious drawback. It is a good handbook for introductory lessons to students of history, literature, archaeology and geography. Another interesting feature lies in the final chapters that cover both the heroes and villains that appeared in history.  Dean argues that history shows us how much we have become more and more intertwined with different races in a globalised world. Dean also stresses on the importance of studying this history which is his ultimate motive behind writing the book in order to understand where we came from and where we belong so that we may avoid making mistakes similar to those of our ancestors.