logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: Evolution
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-11-20 13:18
From Eve to Evolution by Kimberly A. Hamlin
From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women's Rights in Gilded Age America - Kimberly A. Hamlin

This was a somewhat dry but interesting look at early American feminism and its relationship with the science of its day and evolutionary theory.

 

There was a fair bit on Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Margaret Sanger, among others. Not recommended for the casual reader, but if you're familiar with several of the major players in 19th century American feminism and want more detail on the evolution of the movement, this could prove interesting. I'll admit to my eyes glazing over a few times. It does point out that most modern evolutionary psychology is BS though, and it gets points for that.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-11-15 04:30
Rezension | Frankenstein von Mary Shelley
Frankenstein: oder Der moderne Prometheu... Frankenstein: oder Der moderne Prometheus. Roman - Mary Shelley,Georg Klein,Alexander Pechmann

Beschreibung

 

Nach jahrelangen Experimenten ist es Victor Frankenstein gelungen aus Materie einen künstlichen Menschen zu erschaffen. Doch als er sein Wesen erblickt und die Monstrosität dessen bemerkt, überlässt er das Ergebnis seiner Forschungen seinem eigenen Schicksal.

 

Während Victor Frankenstein sein Leben weiter lebt, lernt sein Monster nach und nach die Sprache, Bräuche und Umgangsformen der Menschen kennen. Auf der Suche nach Freundschaft und Akzeptanz stößt das Monster jedoch auf Abneigung, Hass und Wut. Aus seiner Verzweiflung heraus beschließt das monströse Wesen seinen Schöpfer ausfindig zu machen und an dessen Familie Rache zu nehmen.

 

Meine Meinung

 

"Worin, fragte ich mich häufig, besteht die Grundlage des Lebens? Es war eine verwegene Frage und eine, die man seit jeher für ein unlösbares Rätsel gehalten hat." (Frankenstein, Seite 70)

 

Mary Shelleys Klassiker der Schauerliteratur „Frankenstein“ wurde vom Manesse Verlag in der Urfassung aus dem Jahre 1818 neu aufgelegt (weitere Titel der Manesse Bibliothek findet ihr hier). Über das optische Erscheinungsbild mit dem knallig pinken Cover lässt sich streiten, schlussendlich ist es eine reine Geschmacksfrage. Mir persönlich gefällt es eigentlich ganz gut, da es ein wunderbare Eyecatcher ist und in der Buchhandlung bestimmt viele Blicke auf sich zieht! Das kleine handliche Format sowie das Vorlegeblatt im modernen Design und die Fadenbindung machen einen hochwertigen Eindruck.

 

Die Faszination die der Mythos Frankenstein und die Erschaffung eines menschenähnlichen Wesens mit künstlicher Intelligenz auf uns ausübt ist ungebrochen. Zudem scheint die Geschichte bis heute nichts an Aktualität eingebüßt zu haben. In Zeiten von Genmanipulation stellt sich erneut die Frage wie weit der Mensch durch sein Wissen und seine Forschung in die Evolution eingreifen darf, welche moralischen Aspekte dies mit sich bringt und welche Verantwortungen daraus erwachsen.

 

"Der Anblick des Kollosallen und Majestätischen in der Natur konnte mich freilich schon immer in feierliche Stimmung versetzen und ließ mich die vergänglichen Sorgen des Lebens vergessen." (Frankenstein, Seite 157)

 

Mary Shelley weist in ihrem Vorwort selbst darauf hin, dass ihr Roman „Frankenstein“ ein Schauerroman bwz. Gruselroman darstellen soll. Auch wenn sich für den heutigen Leser die gruseligen Momente nicht so recht erschließen, dürfte das Werk zu seiner Zeit durchaus für Schrecken gesorgt haben.

 

"Die genaueste Beschreibung meines abstoßenden, schauderhaften Äußeren findet sich hier, in einer Sprache, die dein eigenes Grauen schildert und meines unauslöschlich machte." (Frankenstein, Seite 219)

 

Besonders beeindruckt hat mich Mary Shelleys Erzählstil. Zu Beginn und Ende wird die Geschichte von dem Polarforscher Walton erzählt, der an seine Schwester schreibt und ihr berichtet wie er Victor Frankenstein von einer Eisscholle gerettet hat. Dies bildet einen einzigartigen Rahmen der zur eigentlichen Geschichte genügend Abstand aufbaut um aus einer anderen Perspektive auf die Ereignisse zu blicken. In einer weiteren Erzählebene berichtet Victor Frankenstein von seinem Schicksal welches durch den Einblick in die Perpektive des Monsters ergänzt wird. Für mich übte Mary Shelleys Roman gerade durch diese verschiedenen moralischen Blickwinkel eine ganz besondere Anziehungskraft aus.

 

Fazit

 

Die Sprache und Erzählkunst von Mary Shelley haben einen zeitlosen Klassiker erschaffen.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-frankenstein-oder-der-moderne-prometheus-von-mary-shelley
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-10-20 22:14
A new perspective
The Book That Changed America: How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation - Randall Fuller

Most would agree that Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species created a stir among the scientific and religious communities when it was first published (some could argue it's still wreaking havoc to this day). However, in America the hubbub was less about where God fit into the picture and more how Darwin's theory solidified the stance against slavery. The Book That Changed America: How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation by Randall Fuller explores how this one book helped abolitionists build arguments based on scientific fact while at the same time forcing long-held rigid beliefs to be questioned. (I'm looking at you Bronson Alcott.) Until reading this book, I had never thought about its reception in America in terms of its historical context/proximity to the Civil War. These two events seemed to be separate while in reality they were very much interwoven. Leading authors of the day including Henry David Thoreau were well-known and vocal about ending slavery so they not only endorsed Darwin's theories but went on publicity tours to promote it (and give their own opinions). On the Origin of Species showed that all humans had a common ancestor and thus there was no reason why they should not be treated as equals. (The relevance of this book during this time of sociopolitical upheaval in America right now was not lost on me. It just goes to show that we haven't evolved that much since this book hit the shelves.) I was continually surprised by what I learned by reading this book considering that I studied Darwin while I was working on my Bachelor's degree in Anthropology. Instead of solely focusing on the religious impact (which was still significant) it would have been informative to have learned this as well. I suppose that's why Randall Fuller wrote the book! hahaha If you're like me and eager to learn more (especially in light of the insanity that is 2017) then this book is the one for you. 9/10

 


What's Up Next: Comics Squad #3: Detention by Jennifer L. Holm (and others)

 

What I'm Currently Reading: The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories Volume One: Where on Earth by Ursula K. Le Guin

 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-10-20 16:18
Jared's Evolution
Jared's Evolution - Riley Hart

The pretense of control had been my facade but now…? Now, I had Kieran. I could let go because I knew he would catch me. I could relax because I knew he would take care of me. Support me. I could let go of that pretense because he was there to give me what I needed and there was nothing like that feeling.

For the first time in my life, I was free.

 

While I have read several books involving BDSM, I'm not sure I've read one that dives into the needs of the submissive quite like this one does. For me this grew more comfortable as the book went on. And therefore it seemed that the reader themselves could be on this evolution along with Jared. 

 

I desperately want Kieran's POV and hope that the next book explores more his character and desires and ultimately what I hope is his submission to loving Jared. 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-09-22 10:09
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd — A Story about Mothers, Sisters, and Slaves!
The Invention of Wings: A Novel - Sue Monk Kidd

 

 

Fifteen years before Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which was wholly influenced by American Slavery As It Is, a pamphlet written by Sarah, Angelina, and Angelina’s husband, Theodore Weld, and published in 1839, the Grimké sisters were out crusading not only for the immediate emancipation of slaves, but for racial equality, an idea that was radical even among abolitionists. 

That is the kind of women this book is based on!

 

The first book that I read by Sue Monk Kidd was The Secret Life of Bees. It didn’t mince words when it came to the cruelties that slavery brought. While I loved the candor, what touched me, even more, is that the author didn’t mention those incidents in a salacious way. She included them in the story as the reality of that time. The focus remained on the characters who evolved as real people do.

 

This book wasn’t different in that regard either! Like always, I will try to review the story with quotes from the book. As I mention each quote, I will include the context it is taken from and what it signified to me.

 

7.jpg

Another thing that I have always loved about Ms. Kidd’s novels is that she weaves humor into her stories. With the subject being as grim as slavery, it should be difficult to make the reader laugh. The best part is that the humor doesn’t detract or mock the theme of the story. It simply makes it possible to go on reading and with what is happening in it, this is a good thing.

 

The Sisters

 

This particular quote is taken from a scene where one of the Grimké sisters is receiving a suitor in her drawing room. The fear of carnality had been put into her very recently by a man of God in the very words that she mentions here! What’s funny is that it is the fact that the man smells of soap that is making her think carnal thoughts (or at least, what she thinks are carnal thoughts).

 

1.jpg

This is how we are introduced to one of the main characters from this book, Handful. Born a slave, she was mouthy as heck and tough as nails. I loved right from the start, which was probably what the author intended. It is mentioned in the Author’s Notes (given at the end of the book) that while there is evidence of Handful having existed, she didn’t survive long enough to play an important role in the life of the Grimké sisters. I am glad that the author thought otherwise.

 

8.jpg

More of Handful’s golden words for you. This is her pretending to be brave while she was about to be punished severely enough that it left her with a maimed foot.

 

9.jpg

This is her description of the legalese that she had to muddle her way through before she could find out if she was being sold after her master’s death or retained for her services!

 

3.jpg

A few pages later, we are introduced to the other main character, Sarah Grimké.While Handful mouthed off to people, Sarah had trouble getting out a whole sentence without stuttering. She had the same iron backbone though that Handful did, which soon became evident when she tried to emancipate Handful at the age of 11!

 

5

This is how Sarah was indoctrinated to what was really happening around her. She was just a little girl then but the incident remained with her all her life. It was a defining moment in the life of her character. Consider the following quote to see how she arrived at the root of the problem of slavery. This is an excerpt from one of her letters to Nina, her sister and another important character in the book. She raised Nina like a mother on revolutionary ideas like equality and it paid off. Nina gave her strength and achieved things that even Sarah thought meant going too far.

 

12

She changed her faith and left the safety of her house later in life, so she could be the kickass feminist that we know her to be. This is one of my favorite moments from the book. While it might come across as caustically feminazi, it wasn’t so in the book. That being said, I could see the point the men were trying to make. By taking up both the causes of slavery and feminism, the Grimké sisters caused their followers to split into two groups. However, the point lies in the fact that they even had to raise their voices for either cause.

13

 

The Mothers

4.jpg

Sarah’s mother is one of the important characters in the book. She terrorized her slaves and refused to relent even when she was close to death. I think this quote defines both hers and her husband’s characters perfectly.

 

6.jpg

This is how we meet Handful’s mother, Charlotte. She shaped Sarah’s and Handful’s lives by being who she was. Even though she couldn’t do anything openly, she figured small ways to show her rebellion. She continued to do so, knowing the punishment would be too severe and there’d be hell to pay if she got caught! I think this quote would fit almost anyone who is living under an oppressive regime. Don’t you?

 

The Slaves

 

10.jpg

Handful is much smarter than people gave her credit for. Sarah, whom she said these words to, used to think that being a woman was keeping her from making a difference. Handful knew otherwise. When the story begins, we think that Sarah would be the one protecting Handful but this quote and the next one shows us how the roles are reversed.

 

11

I can’t wait to try out another Sue Monk Kidd book after having read and loved this one. Have you read it? How did you like it?

 

Image

 

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com< on September 22, 2017.

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?