Although I find the subject matter inherently interesting, this book was painfully dull. It didn't help that the formatting was awful, the grammar andAlthough I find the subject matter inherently interesting, this book was painfully dull. It didn't help that the formatting was awful, the grammar and style left much to be desired, the language was verbose, and the material was repetitive. Thank goodness I passed the exam on my first attempt, otherwise I don't think I would have continued with the ARM series.
My advice to anybody who needs to read this book in preparation for the exam is to complete the workbook first, and reference the text only as needed. Then, take the practice test to determine which areas you need to study, and read only those sections of the text.
I found the actual exam to be much easier than the practice test. For example, the practice test required the knowledge of several complicated processes and equations, whereas the corresponding exam questions were vastly simplified and required knowledge of only a few, basic equations. I should note, however, that a new version of this course is out now, so I don't know if my experience still holds entirely true. ...more
I'm glad I finally got around to reading "Uncle Tom's Cabin." We are surrounded by cultural references to this work, and it is easy to appreciate howI'm glad I finally got around to reading "Uncle Tom's Cabin." We are surrounded by cultural references to this work, and it is easy to appreciate how historically important it is to American literature.
I think the author strikes a remarkably good balance, criticizing the collective sins of North and South, surrounding the issue of slavery. This is rather surprising, considering the South's outraged reaction to the book.
By way of contrast, the author's depictions of atheists vs. Christians are glaringly two-dimensional. I can overlook these annoyances for the most part, but they become tiresome and distracting after a while.
In summarizing the North's actions which amount to de facto support of slavery, the author does't mention anything about trade, other than high-level financial transactions which were occasionally conducted in the Northern states. I was surprised that the author had nothing to say about common goods produced with slave labor, for which the Northern states' appetite increased the demand for such labor. Perhaps the author knew then, as it still holds true today, that Americans are reluctant to give up any comfort or pay more for their comforts when the ethics of production are on the line.
Another puzzling element of the book is the supposition that although the slaves should be freed, it was not practical to expect meaningful integration. The author implores those in the North to help educate freed slaves; however the long-term goal is to send them back to Africa. The end of the book feels like a wordy endorsement of Liberia. Reflecting on the current--far less than perfect--state of race relations in America, I'd like to believe we've exceeded the author's expectations....more
This is a fantastic edition, including a brief, yet helpful foreword and a handy chronology of major events in Beaudelaire's life. Richard Howard's trThis is a fantastic edition, including a brief, yet helpful foreword and a handy chronology of major events in Beaudelaire's life. Richard Howard's translations are so shockingly beautiful, they surely do the poet justice.
As for the volume of poetry itself, it reveals in the artist an intense fascination with (and somewhat guilty admiration of) the human condition in all its states. Although I am not what I would call a poetry person, I cannot ignore the tug on my heartstrings when I behold the artfully-rendered portraits of gamblers, beggars, blind men, and whores through the accolades and curses of Charles Beaudelaire....more