I gave this five stars because I love Sappho, and I think that more people should explore her works. She sings throughout time.
Barnard's translation iI gave this five stars because I love Sappho, and I think that more people should explore her works. She sings throughout time.
Barnard's translation is good, in fact, some translations are great. Other times I feel that her translations are flat, and aren't as lyrical as I've seen them elsewhere. I should mention, though, that I don't speak Greek. It may be that Barnard's translations are truer in meaning, whereas other translators took more creative license. I dont know. I'll read them all :) ...more
If I could have lunch with any person from history I think that Xenophon would be in my top five. He was so amazing, his spirit so impressive, his wr If I could have lunch with any person from history I think that Xenophon would be in my top five. He was so amazing, his spirit so impressive, his writing so eloquent, his actions so monumental. This account is beautiful. The rhetoric is stunning. It is so informative about ancient Greek military tactics, about the importance of omens (down to a sneeze during a speech), and the general disposition of ancient man, that it is an absolute must read for anyone interested in classical antiquity or military history. My favorite parts are the long speeches, they are so emotional and raw, and just breathtaking....more
I read this book every year at Halloween, and I ALWAYS get chills when the ship glides into the harbor with the Captain strapped to the wheel. I thin I read this book every year at Halloween, and I ALWAYS get chills when the ship glides into the harbor with the Captain strapped to the wheel. I think that speaks about the intensity of the book- that it still gives me chills after many many re-readings.
Some people don’t like that the story is presented through diary entries or letters, but I think that is refreshing. Stoker also does it very well, each character presents a unique POV, each with their own insecurities, disappointments, and victories. There are very few authors that can present wildly different POVs well, all too often each character is simply a one-sided extension of the author, without lives of their own, but that is not the cast in this book.
It’s simply a must read for Victorian literature and as a history of the horror genre. ...more
The collection of poetry is very, very dear to my heart. My father owned this book, and despite its weight, carried it with him any time he went rock The collection of poetry is very, very dear to my heart. My father owned this book, and despite its weight, carried it with him any time he went rock climbing or back packing. Later, when we were children sitting at the campfire Dad would recite the longer poems to us- Cremation of Sam McGee, Spell of the Yukon, and the Shooting of Dan McGrew- all from memory. They were good times.
I eventually found the exact same copy type that my dad had carried with him all those years at a library sale. Now it sits proudly in my library.
Poetry is not normally for me, but Robert W. Service was an amazing man. His poetry is evocative and beautiful, but it’s never snobbish or confusing. It’s very straight forward. He was nick-named the People’s Poet, and I truly believe that anyone can enjoy his works. He panned for gold in the Yukon, he lived carefree in France as a Bohemian, and he served in the first World War as an ambulance man- the pain, love, action, and heroism of his life are all present in his poems.
I do enjoy some of his other collections, but Spell of the Yukon will always be one of the most important books in my life.
This book is offered for free as an eBook by Project Gutenberg, and is offered as an audiobook by Librivox. ...more
My father used to recite this poem from beginning to end at the campfire. It always gave me chills. I’m currently in the process of trying to memoriz My father used to recite this poem from beginning to end at the campfire. It always gave me chills. I’m currently in the process of trying to memorize so I can do the same thing with my friends. It’s such a great story, I’ll always smile when I hear it, and get goose bumps....more
As I get older, I become more tolerant of poetry. Most of its too flightly or symbolic for me though, and I prefer it to tell a story, so when its no As I get older, I become more tolerant of poetry. Most of its too flightly or symbolic for me though, and I prefer it to tell a story, so when its not I often skip over it. That is not the case with this collection. Robert Service is known as the Bard of the North, and as the people’s poet. He really write so that everyone can understand, but its still so beautiful. He captures the deadly beauty of the Yukon, the tenacity of the human spirit, the weakness of the human condition. His poems about his service in WWI are particularly poignant.
My father used to sit around out campfire and recite from memory the Cremation of Sam McGee. I’m currently in the process of trying to memorize that one, as well as “The Men that Don’t Fit In.” If you are anything like me, Service’s poems sing to you in a way, in a language that few people understand.
Parts of this collection are provided for free as an audiobook by Librivox.org ...more
I’m not a religious person, at all. This isn’t to say that I don’t have some sort of faith, but organized religion truly does not sit with me. I do, I’m not a religious person, at all. This isn’t to say that I don’t have some sort of faith, but organized religion truly does not sit with me. I do, however, appreciate excellent writing, scholarship, and artistry that is either for/inspired by/or patronized by churches throughout time. We would have no Parthenon if not for Greek Gods, and no Cathedrals if not for Catholics. I read this book because I was the proof-listener for the soloist on Librivox, and while I don’t hold with Scougal’s personal beliefs his writing is absolutely beautiful. I really think that it is something that every Christian, regardless of denomination should read. The work is divided into three sections, and it is the last section, that is the best. His passion bleeds through every word, and it becomes quite inspiring. Below I have posted my two favorite quotes from this section. “The soul of man is of a vigorous and active nature, and hath in it a raging and unextinguishable thirst, an immaterial kind of fire, always catching at some object or other, in conjunction wherewith it thinks to be happy; and were it once rent from the world, and all the bewitching enjoyments under the sun, it would quickly search after some higher and more excellent object, to satisfy its ardent and importunate cravings; and, being no longer dazzled with glittering vanities, would fix on that supreme and all-sufficient Good, where it would discover such beauty and sweetness as would charm and overpower all its affections. The love of the world, and the love of God, are like the scales of a balance; as the one falleth, the other doth rise”
“All men are endowed with rational and immortal souls, with understandings and wills capable of the highest and most exalted things; and if they be at present disordered, and put out of tune by wickedness and folly, this may indeed move our compassion, but ought not, in reason, to extinguish our love. When we see a person of a rugged humour and perverse disposition, full of malice and dissimulation, very foolish and very proud, it is hard to fall in love with an object that presents itself unto us under an idea so little grateful and lovely. But when we shall consider these evil qualities as the diseases and distempers of a soul, which, in itself, is capable of all that wisdom and goodness wherewith the best of saints have ever been adorned, and which may, one day, come to be raised to such heights of perfection as shall render it a fit companion for the holy angels; this will turn our aversion into pity, and make us behold him with such resentments as we should have when we look upon a beautiful body that were mangled with wounds, or disfigured by some loathsome disease; and however we hate the vices, we shall not cease to love the man.”
Beautiful writing eh? I absolutely believe in the capacity of the human soul, if nothing else, and I absolutely adore Scougal’s description of that. I give it three stars because goodreads won’t let me do 2.5. Its not *my* kind of book, but it is beautifully done, and recognized as one of the classic works of the Christian faith (even though it was a letter). So I’m rounding up to a 3. Also, he was around 24 years old when he wrote this. Astonishing? Yes… ...more
Amazingly read on Librivox. I have to give a plug to one of my favorite volunteer narrators. She did a great job reading this.
I have a terrible lack oAmazingly read on Librivox. I have to give a plug to one of my favorite volunteer narrators. She did a great job reading this.
I have a terrible lack of knowledge concerning Russian history. I've always found Russia fascinating, its architecture, its people, its isolationism, but somehow, I never get around to learning anything about it. Then I had the chance to help edit the audiobook for Memoirs of a Revolutionist and I jumped on the chance. I'm so glad I did.
Pyotr is a fascinating person. Its a chance to look at how those coming from the "best parts of society" really can become "the best of us" and dedicate their lives to raising others up. While I disagree with communism, I can absolutely see where Pyotr was coming from with his background. He grew up in a terrible totalitarian caste society, and naturally, revolted as strongly as he could against that.
His biography takes you on the adventure that was his life.
“But what right had I to these higher hoys, when all round me was nothing but misery and struggle for a mouldy bit of bread; when whatsoever I should spend to enable me to live in that world of higher emotions must needs to be taken from the very mouths of those who grew the what and had not bread enough for their children? From somebody’s mouth it must be taken, because the aggregate production of mankind remains so low.”
“They (the peasants) are ready to widen their knowledge: only give it to them; only give them the means of getting leisure.”
“All those sonorous phrases about making mankind progress, while at the same time the progress-makers stand aloof from those whom they pretend to push onwards, are mere sophisms made up by minds anxious to shake off a fretting contradiction.” ...more