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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture: A Companion to the Collected Works
Thomas Middleton, Gary Taylor
Progress: 92/1183 pages
The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry
Robert Chandler
The Uncertain Land and Other Poems
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 8/160 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
The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
Progress: 82/259 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages

Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling

Just So Stories - Rudyard Kipling, Jonathan Stroud

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.

Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 1183 pages.

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

An interesting piece on method of establishing authorship of English Renaisance texts - could be divided up into historical, statistical and thematic.

Reading progress update: I've read 362 out of 2016 pages.

Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works -  MacDonald P. Jackson (Editor),  John Jowett (Editor),  John Lavagnino,  V. Wayne, Gary Taylor, Thomas Middleton

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.

Reading progress update: I've read 190 out of 240 pages.

Just So Stories - Rudyard Kipling, Jonathan Stroud

I wasn't expecting a story about King Solomon the Wise.

Reading progress update: I've read 134 out of 683 pages.

The Iliad - Homer, Bernard Knox, Robert Fagles

Paris is shamed into offering single combat to end the whole nearly ten years' war for Helen.

Reading progress update: I've read 346 out of 704 pages.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) - T.E. Lawrence, Angus Calder

Much squabbling amongst the tribes and chiefs.

Reading progress update: I've read 357 out of 2016 pages.

Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works -  MacDonald P. Jackson (Editor),  John Jowett (Editor),  John Lavagnino,  V. Wayne, Gary Taylor, Thomas Middleton

Michaelmass Term, Scene 3.4: Easy is "arrested" by the same people who swindled him into debt in the first place.

Reading progress update: I've read 340 out of 704 pages.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) - T.E. Lawrence, Angus Calder

I  wasn't expecting air raids to play any role in this book - but I was wrong...

Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 683 pages.

The Iliad - Homer, Bernard Knox, Robert Fagles Poor Nireus! He was the handsomest guy in the whole assembled Achaean host - but he was a "lightweight" commanding only three ships...

Reading progress update: I've read 293 out of 704 pages.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) - T.E. Lawrence, Angus Calder

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...

Reading progress update: I've read 120 out of 683 pages.

The Iliad - Homer, Bernard Knox, Robert Fagles

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?

Reading progress update: I've read 116 out of 683 pages.

The Iliad - Homer, Bernard Knox, Robert Fagles

Role-call of the Achaean tribes and heroes!

Reading progress update: I've read 352 out of 2016 pages.

Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works -  MacDonald P. Jackson (Editor),  John Jowett (Editor),  John Lavagnino,  V. Wayne, Gary Taylor, Thomas Middleton

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.

Reading progress update: I've read 110 out of 683 pages.

The Iliad - Homer, Bernard Knox, Robert Fagles

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.

Reading progress update: I've read 266 out of 704 pages.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) - T.E. Lawrence, Angus Calder

This is no romantised vision of war or the desert; death, dysentary, low cunning, extreme thirst and snakebites abound.

Reading progress update: I've read 12 out of 208 pages.

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

Starts in 1303 with Giotto: Frescoes a-go-go!