It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.
Wowzas! I can't remember a book that started out so delightful and deteriorated into such a mess of Imperialist racism and misogeny. The trouble starts when humans start appearing in the stories. Before that, the stylistic elements and amusing tales are wonderful.
An interesting piece on method of establishing authorship of English Renaisance texts - could be divided up into historical, statistical and thematic.
Michaelmass Term, Scene 3.5: I don't think I've seen such a high proportion of characters disguised/unrecognisable to each other in a play before - which is saying something, given how much of a trope it was. Unlike many of Shakespeare's examples, there's no gender-crossing going on, though.
Michaelmass Term, Scene 3.4: Easy is "arrested" by the same people who swindled him into debt in the first place.
So far, despite the ridiculous number of camel-miles accrued, the descriptions of the landscapes have not become monotonous and are one of the best aspects of the book. Admittedly I'm not half-way yet, so there's scope for tedium to set in later...
There was Ajax and his crew. Then there was Ajax and his crew, again... Homer, you messed up, there.
But no! One is Ajax, son of Oilius, the other is Ajax, son of Telemon. What's the plural of Ajax? Ajaxes? Ajaces? Ajaxi? Ajax? Ajaciae?
Michaelmas Term, Act 2:
Richard Easy is caught in a complicated con by Quomodo and his two spirits. Quomodo's wife, Thomasine, observes and sympathises with Easy but does not intervene.
Book 1: The Rage of Achilles.
Agamemnon gets annoyed when Apollo insists he gives back one of his priest's daughter and decides to snatch Achilles' slave , Bryseis, as replacement. Achilles gets mildly peeved and it takes personal intervention from Athena to stop him chopping Agamemnon up into little pieces. He gives up the slave - no-one cares what she wants, I notice.
This is no romantised vision of war or the desert; death, dysentary, low cunning, extreme thirst and snakebites abound.