I think I would have enjoyed this much better if I had been alive at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I wasn't. In some ways, it is a good comingI think I would have enjoyed this much better if I had been alive at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I wasn't. In some ways, it is a good coming of age story.
If you lived through the time period of the novel, you should enjoy it....more
Moslener’s book traces the purity movement in America from its earliest forms to how it is known today. While I found JDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.
Moslener’s book traces the purity movement in America from its earliest forms to how it is known today. While I found Jessica Valenti’s book, The Purity Myth, to be more relevant, Moslener’s book is important because it is important to know history. To be frank, the history of the purity isn’t quite what you automatically would believe it to be. I found the section that detailed the connection to the suffrage movement to be the most interesting part. At times, the book does drag a bit, but it does provide a very interesting background to what seems to be a glossed over movement in the media. ...more
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I am not a huge H.G. Wells fan. I’m just not. I know I Disclaimer: I was given a free copy by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I am not a huge H.G. Wells fan. I’m just not. I know I should read more of his work, but well.
Anyway, I must admit that if Mondello does anymore live cast version of his books, I’m all in.
It’s true that this audio play version does change the story. It moves the story up to after the Second World War and makes Montgomery a German woman, but these changes work and also make the story more compelling even if the novel’s original coda is not present. The main thesis of the work is kept.
This version opens with a visit of a young woman to her ill father, Prendick, who relates the story. In terms of acting and/or dialogue, it is the framing device that is the weakest part of this presentation. When the audio moves into the full story, it really takes off. The change of Montgomery into a woman does not really change much of the action, though the romantic sub-plot is another weak point, and in many ways, she becomes the more interesting character for the change of gender. While she is used as a romantic foil, to a degree, for Prendick (whose last name is at times rather descriptive), her morals and decisions are realistic and far more human than most of the other characters.
All of the voice actors do an excellent job. The music is good. In short, this is a well done production. ...more
I am so glad I listened to Stewart's Virginia Historical Society's talk which convinced me to start reading his books.
They are awesome books about USI am so glad I listened to Stewart's Virginia Historical Society's talk which convinced me to start reading his books.
They are awesome books about US history. This one is about the writing of Constitution. Stewart details the major movers and shakers, and gives drafting the drama of an adventure story. It's a really good look at the major document....more
If you go to most art museums in the Western world, you can find at least one, if not more, paintings that depict a EurDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.
If you go to most art museums in the Western world, you can find at least one, if not more, paintings that depict a European man’s view of the Eastern harem. While beautiful, these paintings will depict various women in various states of undress, usually lying around doing nothing besides looking pretty. Sometimes, there might be a painting that depicts a man alongside them, usually suggestive of post-coital glow or tied to 1001 Arabian Nights.
And that’s not even touching the movies.
Alev Lytle Croutier’s book about harems is far more interesting than those man fancy pieces. In part, this is because the author is able to draw on her family’s interactions with various people who were connected to harems. Croutier goes into, briefly, the beginnings of the harem tradition, and divide her book up into royal harem life, ordinary harem life, as well as looking at how art and film, in particular in the West, viewed the harem. Perhaps the books major flaw is the focus on Turkish harem, but considering the writer’s background this is not surprising.
The personal stories, for instance her meeting a eunuch, add a layer to the book as well as serving as a reminder that this lifestyle is not far removed from the present day. This is balanced though the use of historical harem women and the battles they fought, whether between themselves or with the men who control them.
It isn’t only the dispelling of myths that surround harem women that Croutier attends to; she also dispels myths about the eunuchs. Of particular interest is the division of eunuch jobs based on skin color (and I wish there had been some analysis of why there was such a division) but also what a eunuch’s life could be like. It is here that Croutier does bring in Chinese harem life in addition to Turkish.
There is also a wonderful bit about Lady Mary Montagu.