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review 2018-11-27 08:31
Working-Class Fiction: "The Rainbow" by D. H. Lawrence
The Rainbow - Daphne Merkin, D.H. Lawrence


(Original Review, 2002-06-10)


Lawrence is "uneven," but of the four novels I've read by him, "The Rainbow" is the best. I read "Sons and Lovers" at the British Council. I loved it at 15, but loved it far less 2 years later. I liked "Lady Chatterley's Lover" more than I thought I would, but that maybe because of all the scorn I'd heard poured on it before I read the book. I read "The Rainbow" before I read "Women in Love", and found the first of the diptych far superior to the second. Women in Love often seemed to me to read like Lawrence at his overblown, blood flowing, loin thrusting worst.

 

 

 

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review 2018-11-26 15:35
VoxGirl: "Middlemarch" by George Eliot
Middlemarch - George Eliot


(Original Review, 2002-06-12)


A drop of water on your head is easy to ignore; a constant drop in the same spot becomes a form of torture.

For some women, their big problem is they can't kick out a cheating boyfriend. For others, their problem is they can't say no to a bridezilla best friend. Others are hung up on their bosses, or confused about their careers, or having issues with overbearing mothers, or with parents getting divorced, etc.

 

 

 

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review 2018-11-26 15:16
Biological Constructs: "Orlando" by Virginia Woolf
Orlando - Virgina Woolf


(Original Review, 2002-06-18)



I’m probably in a minority, but I find Woolf hugely overrated. A snob in the way that Wilde was a snob before her, sucking up to the wealthy and titled and, like Wilde, happy to be unfaithful if it ingratiated her with the gentry. People go on about ‘a room of one’s own’ but have they read the whole piece? She thought only a few superior personages should be allowed to write, and then only for a select audience.
 
 
 
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review 2018-11-26 12:45
Socratean Thinkery: "Clouds" by Aristophanes
Clouds - Aristophanes,Kenneth James Dover


(Original Review, 2002-06-20)


In Taoism the idea of the relativity of judgement is important. So to describe something as heavy is neither true nor false since in different contexts any particular object could be usefully described as both heavy and light.

Language uses binary oppositions like heavy/light whereas in the real world there is a continuum of weight and so heavy and light are relative terms. But ordinary people make these kind of judgments all the time and often believe they are right. Hence in this context it is an important step towards wisdom to give up making these judgments as if they expressed anything solid.

 

 

 

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review 2018-11-26 08:57
Daimonisation: "Conversations of Socrates" by Xenophon, Hugh Tredennick (trans.)
Conversations of Socrates - Xenophon,Hugh Tredennick,Robin A.H. Waterfield



(Original Review, 2002-06-23)



Socrates was also interesting because of his physicality....His routine was to spend the morning exercising then the afternoon in the market place on his mission. He was extremely fit and brave, fighting in three campaigns, the last aged 50, and honoured for his bravery in battle. He was terrifying apparently. Also he had a kind of walk that was unusual, a kind of gait that would strike fear into potential enemies.

 

 

 

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