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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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Beyond compare: Art from Africa in the Bode Museum
Paola Ivanov, Julien Chapuis, Jonathan Fine
Progress: 128/216 pages
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J├╝rgen Scheunemann
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Ray Bradbury
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Gareth L. Powell
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Bert Mendelson
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Cyril Tourneur, Thomas Kyd, Thomas Middleton, George Chapman, Katharine Eisaman Maus
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Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
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Emmy Noether, 1882 1935
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Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
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Reading progress update: I've read 217 out of 1327 pages.

The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

The Tale of Sir Thopas

As told by Chaucer himself! A burlesque on popular romances of the time about knights and chivalry and three headed giants - rapidly cut off by the Host who says they don't want to hear such rubbish, do you have any alliterative verse or maybe a story in prose that's better? Seems like not just a satire on the quality of the popular tales of the day but also a little self-mockery, having chosen to put the "worst" story into his own mouth - or is he saying, "Look, I'm really way better than this popular rubbish?"


Personally, I like tales of knights and chivalry and three headed giants - but I do like them in better in alliterative verse than in rhyme...