*Why I Write:4/5 Good for the insight on Orwell himself. *A Hanging:3/5 Left me kinda empty. *Shooting an Elephant:4/5 Good anecdote. *BReading in progress:
*Why I Write:4/5 Good for the insight on Orwell himself. *A Hanging:3/5 Left me kinda empty. *Shooting an Elephant:4/5 Good anecdote. *Bookshop Memories:4/5 Pretty funny in a slightly cynical way. *Marrakech:5/5 One of the most poignant, a description of life in a third-world country and how easy is to dehumanize people who live there. *Charles Dickens:4/5 Confirms me that Dickens didn't paint the full picture of his times. *Inside the Whale:2/5 More like a personal opinion than anything too insightful on literature. *My Country Left or Right:3/5 Personal, but doesn't really offer much to ponder about. *The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius: 4/5 One of the longer essays, it's filled both with patriotism and harsh criticism of one's country.An example of a less annoying and dumb kind of patriotism. *Wells,Hitler and the World State:5/5 Shows how the simple and idealistic world-view of science and progress vs. prejudice and brutality became much more blurry in the wake of Nazi Germany. *Rudyard Kipling:2/5 Quite long but I didn't really care about the subject. *Benefit of Clergy;Notes on Salvador Dali:3/5 Makes a good point that one can still view someone as a terrible human but a great artistic, rather simplistic otherwise. *Antisemitism in Britain:5/5 I see, as expected, presented even then, the same characteristics as of now:1.the disgusting need of people who display racism to mention how they are not racists right when they say something that it's racist by all definitions (because apparently only the Nazis and American southerners can be racist or something); 2.that stuborn un-willignes of people to ignore all evidence to the contrary, as if prejudicing an entire nation is just a personal feeling.Like Orwell mentions, many people who are intelligent and well-behaved otherwise have no shame displaying racial or ethnic prejudices (albeit have the shame of claiming they're not what they themselves reveal to be). *Notes on Nationalism:4/5 I found Politics and The English Language, and Antisemitism in England more insight-full. *Good Bad Books:3/5 Pretty self-explanatory. *The Sporting Spirit:2/5 Simplistic and I feel that Orwell is more like a concerned grandmother here. *The Prevention of Literature:4/5 Very passionate, deals with censorship and defenders of totalitarianism.Obviously, it felt much more like a real danger than now, but it's also applicable now in regards to the hypocrisy the more dogmatic and marxists sections of the left still show. *Books vs. Cigarettes:2/5 Not very interesting, and I'm not a smoker so didn't even make a good point in my case. *Decline of English Murder:3/5 Not as interesting as I thought. *Politics and the English Language:5/5 Maybe his most well known essay, the part where he compares an old English parable with how it would be written in pretentious contemporary use of language is gold. *Confessions of a Book Reviewer:4/5 Like Bookshop Memories, funny in a very pessimistic way. *Politics vs. Literature:Gulliver's Travel:4/5 Makes some point found in other essays, the ultimate being that what a good book needs is not the correct world-view but merely strength of conviction. *Some Thoughts on the Common Toad:4/5 I like to think Orwell wear pajamas with toads on them before going to sleep. *Lear,Tolstoy and the Fool:5/5 My favourite, Orwell gives some really good explanations for Tolstoy's dumb denunciation of Shakespeare, and for me, it's also a comparison between the artist who renounced his ways to dogma, specially religious one (Tolstoy) and the one trying to remain faith-full to life as he sees it, uncontaminated by dogma (Shakespeare). *Reflections on Gandhi:4/5 A good case for Gandhi as a truly great person, but not necesarly one to agree in terms of world-view. ...more
Useful in the way it describes each temperament, and on the general, the description of each is also pretty accurate. Like Myers, this is a over-simplUseful in the way it describes each temperament, and on the general, the description of each is also pretty accurate. Like Myers, this is a over-simplification of the MBTI by functions, which Keirsey dismiss. But I like Myers better.
The problem with this is that it confines each type in a specific social role which doesn't permit much variation to exist in each type. Myers Briggs kinda started this and even Jung, but Keirsey just made it even worse. The premise seems to be that we are defined by the role we play in society, and while I can understand this point of view, I don't agree with it for the reasons above and below.
For example, if we go by function and sample a certain number of important rock, pop and classical musicians, we can see that there are SP composer-musicians as well as NF composer-musicians, but also NT composer-musicians and ST composer-musicians. But for Keirsey, ISFP is the composer-musician by excellence. And while I agree that most important musicians were ISFP, they are many who weren't. Or ESFP is indeed the most prelevalent among pop stars who sing on stage wearing revealing clothes, but many of them are also ESFJs who you'd expect instead to be serious family people with conservative values and not wear revealing clothe and dance provocatively. Of course by function, is understandable why both a pleasure seeking ESP and a crowd pleasing EFJ would be as likely to do those things.Or an ENP who wants to stir things up.
For example, I'm an INFP, which for Keirsey is a humanitarian type, but INFP is also very much an artistic type as well, maybe even more than humanitarian, seeing how many of the greatest writers and musicians were INFP, and seeing how I would rather be a writer or musician than work in the social services. But Keirsey would rather assign those people as ISFPs or INFJs, crush my dreams and make me feel guilty of why I'm not as altruistic as my fellow INFPs. You can see how this doesn't sit that well with me.
And of course this kind over-simplification of the posibility of each type to manifest in countless ways is not just limited to my type. Basically, every type can be an artists although some types are predominant, it's that their type would determine each person to make different choices in this domain, and you'll notice different flavours depending on the temperament (compare the xxFP Mozart with the xxTJ Bach)....more
*The Will for Happiness 9/10 Thoman Mann at his most life-affirming, it seems that pessimism won over him as things went by tough, wished he wrote mo*The Will for Happiness 9/10 Thoman Mann at his most life-affirming, it seems that pessimism won over him as things went by tough, wished he wrote more stories like this one.
*Little Herr Friedmann 5/10 The way I felt the main character was ridiculed by the author didn't felt right with me. The ending was unnecesary bleak and overall to story just felt ugly without a point. Before someone will tell me that this wasn't Mann's intention, I would say that maybe not the intention, but the execution was a problem.
*Tobias Mindernickel 9/10 Unsettling but in a fascinating way. Has the tragic feel of Kafka or the creepines of Poe without any kind of surreal elements. This kind of twisted mind in which values are paradoxically mingled can repulse me but when done right, it's also very fascinating to me.
*Gladius Dei 9/10 Powerful character study, even if very simple story. The contrast between the artist and senzual art which brings freshness and light to the world, and the religious fanaticism which brings darkness, it's made more intriguing by the fact that the offensed ready to became inquisitor is a much more fascinating and strong in spirit character than the deffenders of free-expresion, who seem in turn lacking in passion and merely annyoing.
*Tristan 8/10 A story in which by the end you don't know who is less pitifull, which left me a feeling of dissapointment but in a strangely compelling way.
*The Starvellings 9/10 Don Aman by Slint in story version.
*The Wunderkind 5/10 Feels just like a story written at request.
*Harsh Hour 6/10 Overall unnecesary, seeing that the problem of the artist is so ever present in Mann's body of work, yet done with more nuance and strenght in other stories.
*Tonio Kroger 10/10 This strikes several powerfull chords in me and left such an emotional pull, yet I know few could understand if I make them read it ... "so much feels" seems a childish remarks but that's what this is for me.
*Death in Venice 7/10 Uhm, I'm not sure what to say about this one....more
The first 3 acts are just great: the introduction, the day of the crime, the first signs of madness It's really no standardFirst Shakespeare I've read.
The first 3 acts are just great: the introduction, the day of the crime, the first signs of madness It's really no standard story, I was surprised by how far it goes into the characters head, Macbeth and his wife in this case, Shakespeare really contemplates this one act, its consequences and how they affect the characters mind and the different thoughts that can arise from it. Many of the verses are more like beautiful and insight-full aphorisms. The story is really good also, albeit not that excellently executed, it's rushed but understandable seeing how short this play was. The ghost at the table is quite a cool touch also. So, yeah, really impressed, despite it being rushed, this is quite fantastic. 5/5
The final 2 not so much. It doesn't retain the same level of quality through, as it for most part the events taking their normal turn to ensue that things are put back into their place. The "attacking forest" is another cool touch. 3/5
All in all, I recommend this to everyone as an introduction in Shakespeare. Suffers from being too short, which rushes the events and kinda leaves to be desired, but it's also a testimony at his best that this guy had a brilliant mind as well as the poetic talent and story ingenuity to compliment it.
The Adulterous Women -9/10 Very simple story but the beauty of description and depth of insight into the protagonist's thoughtsRated as I read along:
The Adulterous Women -9/10 Very simple story but the beauty of description and depth of insight into the protagonist's thoughts and feelings are what truly makes it more than it could have been.
The Renegade or a Confuse Spirit -9/10 The story of a mind gone astray due to the effects of torture, similar somewhat to "The Fall", a study of twisted logical justification but more intense, or with "Erostratus" by Sartre with the difference that the protagonist here can be symphatised with to a certain point. Has a fantasy feel to it without being such.
The Mutes -5/10 I don't get what was the point of this one.
The Guest -8/10 Similar to the previous one in the sense that it doesn't say much more than it's presented, but this one is for sure more interesting as far as characters and plot.
Jonas or the Artist at Work -10/10 Very heartfelt story about issues relating to the downside of popularity for a modest artist. It gave me a feeling similar to "The Metamorphosis" by Kafka despite this lacking any fantastical element. This story has warmth even tough I couldn't but fell sorry for its unassuming protagonist.
The Growing Stone -9/10 Essentialy a story about friendship. What fascinated me the most was the ritualistic dance scene. There's something about that peaceful catharsis which can't be found in our modern society. (view spoiler)[ About the ending, I wondered as many do, why didn't it followed to simple route of getting to stone to the church. My conclusion: Well, the cook wanted the most to keep his promise but he was too exhausted to do so. In a way, D'Arast didn't have a choice, if he had accomplished his friend's mission instead of him, it would have took his glory away. If he had let the stone where it was, the cook would have felt shame for only reaching thus far and possibly given up ever for ever with this task. Yet, acomplishing this task was very important for the cook so one-day he would have felt regret for giving up. As such, D'Arrast wanted to make sure that he would not renounce his dream, and by carrying the stone for him he showed his sincere solidarity in pursuing this dream next year. As the narrator say, D'Arrast felt the joy of life ready to start again. (hide spoiler)]
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Great story in the way it builds. The only problem is that since the experiments in it could be tried in real life any-day from now, it may loose someGreat story in the way it builds. The only problem is that since the experiments in it could be tried in real life any-day from now, it may loose some of its unique appeal....more