The Four Continents

The Four Continents

The Four Continents

The Four Continents

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My father used to complain of me that I always demanded last things first, expected the fruit of a career at the beginning; to be made a Field-Marshal the day I joined the Army, become Prime Minister the day I entered the House of Commons. And there may be something of truth in his criticism: since here I am, before a book is written, searching for a name for it. Yet equally I may urge in defence that it is difficult for an author to focus precisely the book he plans or to comprehend its full scope until he has found for it a title: the right lens through which to peer at the long prospect of work before him. As I lay on my bed at Amalfi, I reflected that soon I should be able to write a book Round the World in Sixty Years , the antithesis of Jules Verne Round the World in Eighty Days , or again I thought of another adaptation, Voyage Round the Inside of My Head . Or I might christen the volume, as yet undefined, Magnetic Meridian , or Where the Compass PointsPoints . . .

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