Deal Me In: The Eve of St Agnes by John Keats (1820)

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px ‘Helvetica Neue’; color: #dca10d} Manuscript of the poem (British Library) This is the first poem I have read for the Deal Me In challenge. I have read some of the short stories and I will write about them later, but I think I will do individual posts for all theContinue reading “Deal Me In: The Eve of St Agnes by John Keats (1820)”

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56: The Odyssey

My book for Book Beginnings is The Odyssey, translated by Emily Wilson. This is a group read in one of my GoodReads groups. I expect to finish it at the end of the month or the beginning of next month. The opening of Book I: Tell me about a complicated man.  Muse, tell me howContinue reading “Book Beginnings & The Friday 56: The Odyssey”

Review: The Bacchae and Other Plays

The Bacchae and Other Plays by EuripidesMy rating: 4 of 5 stars My edition has four plays: Ion, The Women of Troy, Helen, and The Bacchae. Ion — The orphan Ion tries to discover his origins. The play begins with a prologue by Hermes, the messenger god, who arrives at the temple of Apollo atContinue reading “Review: The Bacchae and Other Plays”

Review: Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. JeromeMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Three Men in a Boat is a very funny novel written (and set) in the late nineteenth century. The three men of the title are the narrator, J., and his friends George and Harris. They are all hypochondriacs. Hoping to takeContinue reading “Review: Three Men in a Boat”

Metamorphoses, Books IV-VI

Two tales from Book IV, one from Book V and two from Book VI, this time. Book IV: Pyramus & Thisbe Everyone welcomes Bacchus except for the daughters of the king Minyas, who stay indoors weaving, spinning and telling stories. One of them decides to recount a story of the mulberry tree: … how aContinue reading “Metamorphoses, Books IV-VI”

Review: The Social Contract

The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques RousseauMy rating: 5 of 5 stars The Social Contract, along with Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, is one of the classics of political and social thought. I’m glad I have finally read it. Rousseau sets out to answer the question of whether there can be a legitimate government,Continue reading “Review: The Social Contract”

Book Beginnings: The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Here is my belated post for Book Beginnings! Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The weekly post goes up every Thursday and bloggers can add their links all week. I have finally started The Social Contract, which I meant to get to last year. I have read bits of it before (and the Discourse onContinue reading “Book Beginnings: The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau”

Metamorphoses, Books I-III

Cleo at Classical Carousel  read Metamorphoses in 2016, and wrote synopses for each book. I probably won’t do that, but I will pick at least one story from each book (of 15) to write about.Some quotes I want to keep in mind from the Introduction by the translator, Horace Gregory: “It is in the play of emotional extremes, theContinue reading “Metamorphoses, Books I-III”

Review: Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. LiuMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening takes place in an alternate version of Asia, after a cataclysmic war between humans and their enemies the Arcanics. The Arcanics were defeated and the survivors were enslaved. The story follows Maika Halfwolf as she tries to discoverContinue reading “Review: Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening”


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