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review 2017-03-23 14:36
A Celtic Miscellany, Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson (Editor/Translator)
A Celtic Miscellany: Translations from the Celtic Literatures - Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson

This book has problems that made it nowhere near as worthwhile as I'd hoped:

 

First, it's full of fragments, except where the wholes are very short, anyway. Excerpts just make me want to see the full thing, to get the context and story properly. Second, there's poetry in here, but it's translated as prose. Whenever someone says, "It's not possible to translate poetry," they really mean, "I'm not up to the task but my ego won't allow me to admit it."

 

One does get a flavour of the literatures (all six Celtic languages) but it forever left me wanting more or better.

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text 2017-03-21 12:19
Reading progress update: I've read 295 out of 352 pages.
A Celtic Miscellany: Translations from the Celtic Literatures - Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson

An 11th Century Celtic (Irish) Divine Comedy by an unknown author. Visions of Heaven and Hell seem common in Mediaeval literature. Not really a surprise given the social context.

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review 2017-03-04 22:57
Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi
Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi - John Scalzi,Natalie Metzger

I'm hoping that this id the gateway book for the rest of the family. So far I haven't talked two of them into anything, and the one who's enjoyed the hell out of Your Hatemail Will Be Graded, hasn't bestirred herself to sample the fiction. Of course she could find the time to read Handmaid's Tale a third time in preparation for for her exam, but does Agent to the Stars get even a cursory glance? I really thought the daughters would go for Zoe's Tale or Fuzzy Nation, but not a nibble. Big sigh.

library copy

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text 2017-02-22 12:15
Reading progress update: I've read 280 out of 352 pages.
A Celtic Miscellany: Translations from the Celtic Literatures - Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson

The delights of the hermit's life, surrounded by nature.

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text 2017-02-20 12:21
Reading progress update: I've read 277 out of 352 pages.
A Celtic Miscellany: Translations from the Celtic Literatures - Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson

A remarkable "keen" for a murdered husband; the kind of story that would make for a great ballad.

 

Only the "Religion" section remains.

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