Joan of Arc
MARY GORDON IS A BIG FAT PHONY
Nothing is more depressing than reading the New York Times Book Review. It’s just so smug, so orthodox. And at the same time so phony. Take Mary Gordon, for example. Just the other day Mary Gordon wrote a front page review praising the new novel by Louise Erdrich, the famous Native American author. Now I’ve got nothing against Louise Erdrich, but I’ve been reading the novels and essays of Mary Gordon for over thirty years. And by the time I finished reading the r
Mary Gordon reviews The Messenger and Joan of Arc in Chapter 7. Milla Jovovich starred in The Messenger and Leelee Sobieski in Joan of Arc. Mary Gordon said of Sobieski, "...looks the part, although she delivers her lines with the flatness of a d ...more
This was a quick, easy read. I found the text to be easily accessible to those not familiar with Joan, however, it is a very broad overview. It's a good starting text with some interesting analysis for those who don't want to jump into a heavier text. There were some points where I found myself disagreeing with the author, however, specifically:
"In our age, when the consequences of loss of virginity are slight ..."
This is simply not true. People with vaginas are still being ostraci ...more
Also, quite interesting to learn how entertainment paints very different perspectives of historical figures depending upon their own approach to life.
This book will cover the most of the story of Joan of Arc, but it spares some of the details which historians have uncovered. Moreover, it does not, in my opinion, dive too deep into Gordon's own interpretati ...more
Enter Joan who at age 14 had visions that she should remain ...more
Joan of Arc was born in a small village in France in 1412, during the climax of the Hundred Year's war. At 12 she started talking to the voices she heard, supposedly from saints, that c ...more
While Gordon believes Joan is much more interesting as herself than as the hero of our n ...more
Anyway, you could see the author did her research well. The story was quite complicated, but hey, isn't history in itself complicated? It was refreshing to see everything I learned last year being put together. I guess I knew i ...more
She received her A.B. from Barnard College in 1971, and her M.A. from ...more