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message 1: by Wayne (last edited Feb 10, 2009 07:07PM) (new)

Wayne Steve,
your review may be short but it should win converts to this tome. I'm one!!
Karen Armstrong is a very interesting writer too.
Just WHEN am I going to get the time to read ALL these books??!!!??
Seeing connections with George's War on Terror just goes to show how we never truly advance, always a chance of slipping back into the Dark.
Charles Darwin's bicentenary has brought some archconservatives out of the woodwork too. Vigilance ..the battle for a superstitious free world is never resting on one's laurels, that's for sure.
Cheers from Wayne,Sydney Australia.

message 2: by Steve (new)

Steve Thanks, Wayne. Let me know how Saragossa goes with you. It's weird and wondrous at the beginning, smooth and sinewy in the middle with its 60 or so stories, all told in the most gorgeous lucid prose, and astonishingly perfect in its conclusion, which wraps up all loose threads in a way that squares with every dictum of good common sense yet ascribes true merit and wisdom to the most surprising of candidates.

Like Armstrong, Potocki critiques not only the fading heroic ethic but also the Enlightenment modernism of his time (ca. 1700). This includes the modern secularized, centralized and nominally Christian governments (the Spain of Ferdinand and Isabella) that were rapidly replacing centralized feudalisms sustained by codes of honor.

Good luck putting out those fires. Huge story in our media up over. Nice to hear from someone down under.

About vigilance: I hope our use of Information will displace the Idiots we've been electing. So far, however, Obama is listening to Idiots (Summers, Bernanke, Rubin, all the damned bankers.)


message 3: by Wayne (new)

Wayne Hi Steve,
You certainly rewhetted my appetite with your description of Potocki's book. I am just surprised I haven't heard of it before.But I'm glad I haven't.
Nice to know there are still undiscovered treasures out there!!!Sounds extremely rich and complex...a real feast.

We here are getting more and more disillusioned with our new Prime Minister. Simply no leadership.Like you, we have just had 10 years or so of destructive government which used Sept 11 to crack down on civil liberties, create mistrust of foreigners and also discouraged any action on climate change despite drought and the destruction of our river system.
In many ways the hope for a New Regime is fading fast here.The terrifying fires we have just experienced have been unique in their ferocity. I was fighting to help my sister save her home from fire here in Sydney a few years ago, but it was nothing compared to the latest.
Sad to hear Obama is not listening to the right people. Big Business are somehow Untouchables.Here as well.The shortsightedness is amazing.
I always wondered what the End of the World would be like.I foresaw panic and/or cooperation. But it seems to be neither.It is DENIAL.Which figures...most men will never admit to being sick, will not go to see a doctor and leave it until it is too late.
Perhaps someone is out there writing a book of multiple stories to express the tenor of the Times, another Potocki!!!!
Exactly what is your surname ,Steve???

Happy reading and don't let the bastards get you down, as we say downunder...Wayne.

message 4: by Jamie (new)

Jamie I am a big fan of this book (from the 1970's when only the first 10 days was available in English) but I agree that you can't really understand it all on first reading. Wait a few years and read it again to really get the full flavor of it.

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