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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol 2
Francis Darwin, Charles Darwin
Progress: 56/501 pages
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 107/789 pages
Too Brave to Dream: Encounters with Modern Art
R.S. Thomas
Progress: 50/96 pages
The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
Progress: 61/259 pages
Tales from Watership Down
Richard Adams
Progress: 112/262 pages
Canaletto: Bernardo Bellotto Paints Europe
Andreas Schmacher
Progress: 130/360 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 58/250 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 1000/1102 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 56 out of 501 pages.

More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol 2 - Francis Darwin, Charles Darwin

Sexual selection.

Reading progress update: I've read 314 out of 1327 pages.

The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

Avarice.

Reading progress update: I've read 312 out of 1327 pages.

The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

Sloth. Unfortunately not about certain species of tree-dwelling mammals. That would be more interesting.

Reading progress update: I've read 1000 out of 1102 pages.

Complete Poems, 1904-1962 - E.E. Cummings

Anyone else get "finish line fever" with big books? p1000 seems to have triggered it in me but there's still 80p to go.

Reading progress update: I've read 46 out of 501 pages.

More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol 2 - Francis Darwin, Charles Darwin

Questions of evolution, psychology and ethics. Questions that provoke fierce debate even 140 years later.

Reading progress update: I've read 310 out of 1327 pages.

The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

Meekness is the remedy for ire.

Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 262 pages.

Tales from Watership Down - Richard Adams

A ghost story.

Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 501 pages.

More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol 2 - Francis Darwin, Charles Darwin

Arguments about race: some people can't let go of the idea that white Europeans must be intrinsically superior...

Reading progress update: I've read 308 out of 1327 pages.

The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

"Homycide", "manslaughte" and "murdre." I'm surprised at how old the former two terms are.

 

Also, "accursed Jews." Disappointing despite knowing that this was the prevailing prejudice of Christian Europe at the time.

Squiffy and Lavender...
Squiffy and Lavender...

...wish you a happy Holiday!

Reading progress update: I've read 124 out of 360 pages.

Canaletto: Bernardo Bellotto Paints Europe - Andreas Schmacher

Bernardo Bellotto made many prints (copper plate etchings) esp. of his Dresden paintings. These were very popular and were used by the Royal Family as gifts - further indicators of Royal prestige.

Reading progress update: I've read 36 out of 501 pages.

More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol 2 - Francis Darwin, Charles Darwin

My appreciation of these letters on human evolution is somewhat hampered by my not having (yet) read The Descent of Man. He avoided this topic in Origin of Species but the implication was rapidly perceived.

 

Wallace mentions an example of "group selection," (doesn't use the term). This has been a contentious modern issue. Gould-Eldredge camp in favour. Dawkins camp against. (Natural history vs biochemistry.)

Reading progress update: I've read 306 out of 1327 pages.

The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

Ire: Apparently it's OK to be angry at people's wickedness but revenge is verboten.

Reading progress update: I've read 59 out of 262 pages.

Tales from Watership Down - Richard Adams

How would a folk-hero bunny deal with a fox family entering the neighbourhood of his warren?

Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 501 pages.

More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol 2 - Francis Darwin, Charles Darwin

From geographical distribution to "Man." Presumably Woman was created from Man's spare rib after he evolved from an ancestor primate...

Reading progress update: I've read 304 out of 1327 pages.

The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

Envy.