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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition
Ursula K. Le Guin, Charles Vess
Progress: 637/997 pages
Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture: A Companion to the Collected Works
Thomas Middleton, Gary Taylor
Progress: 119/1183 pages
The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry
Robert Chandler
The Uncertain Land and Other Poems
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 8/160 pages
The Heptameron (Penguin Classics)
Marguerite de Navarre
Progress: 122/544 pages
The Poems and Plays of John Masefield
John Masefield
Progress: 78/534 pages
Poems Selected
Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes
Progress: 4/50 pages
Selected Poems
U A Fanthorpe
Progress: 18/160 pages
The Penguin Book of Scottish Verse
Mick Imlah, Robert Crawford
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 133/789 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 238 out of 683 pages.

The Iliad - Homer, Bernard Knox, Robert Fagles

Zeus bans interference from the other gods and sends his lightning and thunder down to aid the Trojans.

Reading progress update: I've read 633 out of 997 pages.

The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition - Ursula K. Le Guin, Charles Vess

We learn how the school of wizardry was founded on Roke.

The Absolute Sandman, Volume IV, Neil Gaiman

The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 4 - Neil Gaiman, Jon J. Muth, Dean Ormston, Glyn Dillon, Marc Hempel, Teddy Kristiansen, Kevin Nowlan, Richard Case, Daniel Vozzo, D'Israeli, Todd Klein, Michael Zulli, Dave McKean, Charles Vess

The fourth Absolute Sandman volume completes the main story arc of the series, combining disparate elements and characters to produce a finale that I did not expect at all at the beginning. Initially I struggled with not being able to discern how anything related to anything else but the second half ravels everything up neatly.

Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 544 pages.

The Heptameron (Penguin Classics) - Marguerite de Navarre

Story 9: Can a man die of pining for love?

Reading progress update: I've read 158 out of 208 pages.

The History Of Art: The Essential Guide To Painting Through The Ages - A.N. Hodge

Shout out to Giacommo Balla and his excitable dog:

Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 208 pages.

The History Of Art: The Essential Guide To Painting Through The Ages - A.N. Hodge

Shout out to Paula Modersohn-Becker and her Old Peasant Woman:

Reading progress update: I've read 114 out of 544 pages.

The Heptameron (Penguin Classics) - Marguerite de Navarre

Story 8: The "bed trick" more famously used later by Shakespeare in All's Well that Ends Well.

Reading progress update: I've read 115 out of 1183 pages.

Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture: A Companion to the Collected Works - Thomas Middleton, Gary Taylor

These essays are only interesting (to me) when they connect to Middleton. I'm skimming a lot.

Reading progress update: I've read 375 out of 608 pages.

The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 4 - Neil Gaiman, Jon J. Muth, Dean Ormston, Glyn Dillon, Marc Hempel, Teddy Kristiansen, Kevin Nowlan, Richard Case, Daniel Vozzo, D'Israeli, Todd Klein, Michael Zulli, Dave McKean, Charles Vess

Why, at any given time, can I only ever name six of the seven Endless?

Reading progress update: I've read 108 out of 544 pages.

The Heptameron (Penguin Classics) - Marguerite de Navarre Story Seven: Are men more cunning than women? (Part 2.)

Reading progress update: I've read 134 out of 208 pages.

The History Of Art: The Essential Guide To Painting Through The Ages - A.N. Hodge

Shout out to Walter Sickert, who observed Ennui:

Reading progress update: I've read 295 out of 608 pages.

The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 4 - Neil Gaiman, Jon J. Muth, Dean Ormston, Glyn Dillon, Marc Hempel, Teddy Kristiansen, Kevin Nowlan, Richard Case, Daniel Vozzo, D'Israeli, Todd Klein, Michael Zulli, Dave McKean, Charles Vess

OK, now I'm fully engaged again, having figured out how all the disparate parts fit together.

Reading progress update: I've read 228 out of 683 pages.

The Iliad - Homer, Bernard Knox, Robert Fagles

Antenor asks that Helen be given up to the Argives. He seems to have the backing of most of the Trojans - but Paris refuses once more. A one day truce is called so that both sides can burn their dead.

Reading progress update: I've read 126 out of 208 pages.

The History Of Art: The Essential Guide To Painting Through The Ages - A.N. Hodge

Shout out to Gwen John, student of Whistler. This one is in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 208 pages.

The History Of Art: The Essential Guide To Painting Through The Ages - A.N. Hodge

Shout out to Berthe Morisot, who exhibited at seven of the eight Impressionist exhibitions and out-sold Monet, Renoir and Sisley during her lifetime. So why have I never come across her before? Here's Cherry Tree:

Reading progress update: I've read 116 out of 208 pages.

The History Of Art: The Essential Guide To Painting Through The Ages - A.N. Hodge

Of all the Manet paintings I've come across, this croquet game is my favourite: