On April 10, 1815, Mount Tambora erupted, and this was the beginning of The Year Without Summer. It filled the sky with ash and other destructive things. As a result, there was a year without summer, basically, summer never came. This was mostly a result of the sun being blocked by the aftermath of the eruption. But many other things happened, which made life for many people across the globe much more complicated.
The Year Without Summer by Rachel Lebowitz explores that idea and brings in stories and references from other similar catastrophes. When the unexpected happens, people don’t know where to turn. And in the end, they end up turning into people they didn’t expect to be.
How I found The Year Without Summer
I found this book randomly but was very curious about the topic. Honestly, the book is a mix of mediums. If you are looking for a historical account, you aren’t going to find it here. That said, this book is a great dive into the issues and a long-forgotten past. If anything, it has me thinking about today, and what I should be doing to prepare for the future.
In a lot of ways, if you look at what is happening all around the world, it doesn’t seem that far off to fear something like The Year Without Summer. Recent news has flooding in China, fierce wind storms in America and a pandemic affecting everyone all around the world.
If you are looking for an interesting and experimental look at events from our collective past. Than The Year Without Summer is a great quick worthwhile read.
You can find the book on Amazon (non-affiliate link). If you are curious about how the world can change really quick, this is the kind of book your should be taking a look at. We often forget how quickly things can change, as life seems to stay the same, but if you were to take 2020 as an example, its very clear that life can change fast.