Read Around the World December 2021 – Malta
Did you join us as we celebrated the festive season on the island with a church for for every day of the year?
Fun facts about Malta from this website:
- The name of the island nation is supposedly derived from a Greek word meaning “honey.” The island has an endemic species of bee, which produces a unique type of honey for which the island is very well known.
- ‘Ghar-Dalam,’ the “cave of darkness,” is considered to be the earliest inhabited cave in Malta. The remains in the cave from that time provide an insight into the people who lived in them thousands of years ago.
- Malta is also home to some of the oldest free-standing structures of the world– the seven Megalithic Temples. The country is believed to have been inhabited since the early Neolithic period of 5000 BC.
- During World War I, Malta was also known as the Nurse of the Mediterranean because a large number of wounded soldiers were accommodated on the island.
- Gozo, Comino and Malta are the three islands of Malta
- The 8th of September is an important day for Maltese people as they celebrate “Victory day”on this date. The day marks three important dates for Malta: Their Lady’s birth, the end of the Great Siege of 1565 and the day the Italian Navy surrendered to the British during WWII.
- Malta is among the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries.
- The capital of Malta, Valletta, has a total area of 0.8 square km? It is so tiny that it is the smallest national capital in all of the European countries.
- Malta is devoid of forests and rivers
- The Maltese enjoy fourteen public holidayseach year
- Malta has one of the world’s oldest Universities.Established in 1592, The Maltese Cross is the country’s only university.
- There are more than 365 churches on the Maltese islands.So you have a new church in which to pray every day of the year.
- The Maltese cross, most famously associated with the Knights of Malta, was introduced to Malta by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem in 1530.
I chose to visit Malta via Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess. This was the only book I could find where some of the book was set in Malta and that the author had actually lived there for some time. The blurb says that Burgess wrote about some of his experiences of Malta when he was living there. Spoiler alert his experience wasn’t good.
This book spent only a small amount of time in Malta (which was a shame) it did however cover most of the rest of the world within its sweeping narrative. All the big events of the last 100 or so years are re-examined in a new light and by 2 very different men.
At its heart this is a story about sexuality, family, religion, good vs evil and a critical look at world events and the treatment of those who are different. All told with snarky British humour.
I loved the way all the events neatly tied up to a shocking reveal at the end of the story.
Other readers visited Malta in the following ways:
Currey from Litsy – The Kappillan of Malta T by Nicholas Monsarrat. This was a pick for the historic details about Malta and a So-So for the actual story.
Simona from Litsy – Jutta Heim by Immanuel Mifsud. Rated pick the story of a Maltese actor.
Did you join us in Malta? Let us know what you read.
2022 kicks of with a visit to Trinidad and Tobago let us know your reading plans.