I read this for uni. Like, i don't hate King Arthur and whatnot, but this shit is pretty dull in the style of writing (think Aesop's or Grimm's).
It was...moreI read this for uni. Like, i don't hate King Arthur and whatnot, but this shit is pretty dull in the style of writing (think Aesop's or Grimm's).
It was written for kids in the 50s, so I'm interested to see how it will be used as a resource in the subject I'm doing, but probably defos would not have finished it if it wasn't prescribed for the subject. A lot of the morals to these stories are really arse about backward to what you might think they ought to be, as the moral is most frequently not to abandon god, and never to think you are better than you really are. Like this one tale, there are two knights who come to a fork in the road, and a hermit shows up and is like, on the left path lies a quest which will be won through through sheer luck, and the one on the right will be hard and only won through skill alone. And then it turns out that the "right" decision is to take the dumb luck path, because that's trusting in the lord?????? Anyway, interesting to see really strong examples of what chivalry was like (according to this one random guy), esp in regards to the treatment of women, who seem to lose their damsel or lady status if they put a foot wrong, and are no longer deserving of chivalrous treatment (coff coff, nice guy gawain) Other interesting fact: apparently the time in which King Arthur is set didn't have knights, armour, jousting, or chivalry but because the stories were so popular in medieval times, authors of the time added those elements to create relevance for their modern audiences. Which I think is brilliant.(less)
This is a really valuable resource for people in abusive relationships, especially women. There are some great things about the way this book is writte...moreThis is a really valuable resource for people in abusive relationships, especially women. There are some great things about the way this book is written: - The author emphasises again and again that the person who most understands the situation, and knows the right call/s to make is the woman herself. There are sections where he's like, will he get physically violent? I cant answer that, here are some warning signs, but they may not be accurate for your situation, you are the best judge of this. Which is think is really good, like a lot of this book is telling the reader to trust themselves and their instincts when it comes to their abusive ex/partners. - He actively encourages women to contact help lines, and where they feel is appropriate use the legal system, while acknowledging that this may not be the best way for them, or that they may not have access to these services for a myriad of reasons, and offers alternative means of gaining support, especially for women who are at risk of prosecution if they do contact govt agencies, police, etc. - He doesn't sensationalise shit. The examples and scenarios he provides aren't overly graphic, or dramaticised. - lots of things - Heaps and heaps of things. - He's got some really good advice for friends and family members of abusers, to help them figure out what's happening, and how to support the abuser's partner etc, which is really important, like there's a whole section about dealing with the fact that you have an abusive family member, recognising, and responding in a way which doesn't give the abuser more power - He's pretty realistic about how likely it is that abusers will change their patterns of behaviour, and gives some really good advice on how to tell if change/progress is long term/permanent or if it's just another play - He's not a total jerk about staying with an abuser - At the end of each chapter is a handy bullet point summation of what's been covered, which I found really helpful - The start of the book has some advice on how to keep your research away from your abuser
This book has some pretty good quotes which are floating about on tumblr if you want a sample.(less)