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review 2018-12-08 10:18
Mise en Abyme: "The Double" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Double (Dover Thrift Editions) - Fyodor Dostoyevsky,Constance Garnett



(Original Review, 1981-03-23)



Hammett I take to have a brilliant literary mind and to be well read in Literature. I take him to be able to know what a Byronic Hero is, what others thought about that, to have his own thoughts about it, as well as lots of other things (like about detective stories), of course. And I take him to have an idea of what a parable is and how it differs from a story, or what an archetype or double is. Take the 'double': all he has to do is READ Poe's William Wilson, or Dostoevsky’s “The Double” to get what it is as Literature. Or to read Hamlet to know how a “mise en abyme” works. He knows these things and uses them WITH THE MIND OF A BRILLIANT WRITER. A mind that processes literature not as a critic or simple reader, but as a creator of it.

 

 

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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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text 2018-11-22 00:46
Reading progress update: I've read 126 out of 171 pages.
The Taste of Murder - Joanna Cannan

close to putting the who in whodunit, now. shall wrap this one tonight; it has been a treat.

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text 2018-11-21 14:54
Reading progress update: I've read 86 out of 171 pages.
The Taste of Murder - Joanna Cannan

post-inquest, but before the funeral, things getting a bit tense at Aston Hall. Sir Charles harboring suspicions against a loved one and caught snooping around in search of poisons has caused a rift; Hugo now more of a suspect; certain parties convinced it must be one of the boarders, couldn't possibly be one of the family; Bunny regretting ever leaving France...

 

I'm really enjoying this. fits in well with Christie, Wentworth, Marsh, Allingham, etc., plus all those British Library Crime Classics. hoping Cannan's other books become more available.

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text 2018-11-21 03:03
Reading progress update: I've read 56 out of 171 pages.
The Taste of Murder - Joanna Cannan

so, I read some more of this tonight, but I think I’m done until tomorrow...which means I’m disappointed in my total pages conquered today, thanks mainly to not getting a chance to read before work this morning. and now I’m weary. however, I did read all of Trapped on my day off yesterday, and it’s a rare day when I cop out before doing 100 pages in a day. aw well...

 

some Christmas Mystery suggestions I missed out on giving while I was AWOL from BookLikes: (a) I thought the three stories making up A Maigret Christmas and Other Stories were fantastic, and you might be surprised at how much fun they are, even if Simenon hasn’t done much for you in the past; (b) I just read River Road by Carol Goodman and it takes place over Christmas-time - plus I enjoyed it quite a bit overall, while thinking that others may rate it even higher than my 3.5 stars. I did lIke it.

 

getting on topic...The Taste of Murder has gotten better and better, and Inspector Price is quite prickly himself, even in comparison to the techy (formerly techy, I guess) murder victim.

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