Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats, the Irish poet and dramatist who became one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature, was born on this day in 1865.
So, I am once again overwhelmed with library books and I have to get cracking!
I should be finished If We Were Villains in one more evening, if the cat lets me and I can stay awake. (Mr. Cat leaped on me in bed this morning at 5:45 a.m. to let me know he was ready for me to get up. And he'd been such a polite bed-partner until then).
Maid of the North is an interlibrary loan which can't be renewed, but it reads fast. I will finish it this weekend for sure. Same thing with The Vampire Defanged.
Shadow Games has been put on hold far too frequently and I really want to finish it up quickly, too.
Then the next 2 library books to tackle are Shakespeare Saved My Life and The Three Musketeers. I've renewed them both on at least a couple of occasions and I'll soon not be able to renew again. Gotta get cracking!
My mission is clear.
5 out of 5 stars.... Is it possible to give more stars? I'd like to. Having said that, I'm not sure how, precisely, to review this marvel. It's a collection of stories quite unlike anything I've read before, and that's saying something, my friends, since I read a great deal.
Schein holds a Ph.D. in Ethics and teaching at the University of South Carolina. Her philosophical training serves her well here, as these stories are certainly philosophical. Peter S. Beagle said of her stories, "They are genuinely philosophical in a way which is very rare, frightening in a way far removed from scary, and, most impressively, they are often philosophically frightening — which is almost unheard of." Even he says he hasn't read anything remotely like them in a long time.
Yes, that long time... it brings to mind old tales, myths, sacred stories of ancient cultures, and those are precisely the tales Schein draws from. Her understanding of myth and folk tale is impressive, but so, too, is her understanding of the yearnings, fears, passions of the human (and at times non-human) heart.
Medicine men, monks, immortals, witches, seekers, wise talking animals, all make their appearances. In fact, the world Schein creates is one in which everything, everyone, from tree to priest, vibrate with life and the sacred power of story.
Truly, I feel these are stories with the power to transform. HIGHLY recommended.