Book review: The Prophecies of Nostradamus
By: Manas Chaturvedi
I have always believed that the most strangest and the most interesting books are always found on the streets. God knows from where those hawkers collect those amazingly rare books from…not that the readers have any problem with that.
The book that I am talking about was one of my prey while I was out hunting for a good book. Everyone has heard of Nostradamus. Someway or the other. I have always been fascinated by his legend. Nostradamus, although said by many to be over-rated, has always impressed me with his just so accurate predictions and his mysterious life. So much so that I had actually wrote a poem on him:
With a pen and paper
in a dark room
He predicted things
we could hardly assume.
Napoleon shall reign
Hister shall dictate
He precisely predicted
So the instant I saw The Prophecies of Nostradamus lying in a lowly bookstore in a sorry state, I just HAD to purchase this classic book.
The book in itself seemed mysterious to me, just like the legend of Nostradamus. With a creepy black cover, and yellow rough pages, this book seemed to have been hand-written by The Old Man himself! The book starts with a brief but a thrilling biography of Nostradamus, and how his prophecies and predictions were found by an Italian couple almost out of nowhere somewhere around the 1930’s. Erika Cheetham, the author of this book, has surely given enough efforts in preparing this mammoth book, by editing and translating the Latin and Italian predictions into plain, simple English for the benefit of the curious modern readers.
I guess this book is also avaialble on the net for free in the pdf format. So if you too want to enjoy the journey through the eyes of Nostradamus just like I did, better buy this wonderful book. For this book is one hell of a rare classic book!