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text 2018-01-14 06:22
Reading progress update: I've read 124 out of 597 pages.
Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 - Ian W. Toll

No matter how many books I read about the Second World War, I always seem to find new ones to enjoy. I suspect it's because it's the modern-day historical epic, with stark contrasts of good and evil and a dramatic arc where underdogs overcome initially daunting odds to emerge triumphant.

 

Toll's book is no different. As the first volume of a project trilogy, it's all about the "underdogs" phase of the war in the Pacific, when Japanese forces ran the proverbial table in Southeastern Asia. I've read a half-dozen books that cover this period, yet I'm enjoying it no less for my familiarity with the subject. And even the seventh book contains information new to me, such as Admiral Yamamoto's passion for geishas. Reading it is proving a satisfactory way to pass the weekend, and I'm already looking forward to reading the next volume in a future one.

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review 2017-09-19 01:21
The devil asks you to sign
The Crucible - Arthur Miller,Christopher Bigsby

When ruling is based, and made stringent, on fear of an outside opponent, and someone has the brilliant idea of escalating yet to marking a personal opponent as an outsider, and it catches.

 

Might be easier to stomach going in without knowing how the episode goes and likely part of the reason that one was picked: no way really. Because no sucker-punch surprise horror can surpass the terror of inevitability, of seeing the evil the pettiness, the hysterical fanaticism and envy wreaths, knowing all the while the devastation it lead to.

 

I'm a bit discomfited by the part women play on this, saints or demons with little true humanity, but as a whole, a masterful depiction that ages all too well for my ease of mind.

 

Giles Corey, the contentious, canny old man, takes the badass-crown with his memetic "More weight". He knew what it was all about, and everyone could keep their saintliness debate to themselves. With Proctor the sinner and Hale the naive believer, they make a nice triad.

 

 

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text 2017-09-18 23:12
Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 143 pages.
The Crucible - Arthur Miller,Christopher Bigsby

I'm very engaged, and it's a speedy read.

 

And I'm having trouble because it's so inevitable and daunting.

 

 

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text 2017-09-17 18:55
Reading progress update: I've read 41 out of 143 pages.
The Crucible - Arthur Miller,Christopher Bigsby

Our difficulty in believing the—for want of a better word—political inspiration of the Devil is due in great part to the fact that he is called up and damned not only by our social antagonists but by our own side, whatever it may be. The Catholic Church, through its Inquisition, is famous for cultivating Lucifer as the arch-fiend, but the Church’s enemies relied no less upon the Old Boy to keep the human mind enthralled. Luther was himself accused of alliance with Hell, and he in turn accused his enemies. To complicate matters further, he believed that he had had contact with the Devil and had argued theology with him.

 

That last bit was funny if cynical. What is building to, what follows


In the countries of the Communist ideology, all resistance of any import is linked to the totally malign capitalist succubi, and in America any man who is not reactionary in his views is open to the charge of alliance with the Red hell. Political opposition, thereby, is given an inhumane overlay which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized intercourse. A political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence. Once such an equation is effectively made, society becomes a congerie of plots and counterplots, and the main role of government changes from that of the arbiter to that of the scourge of God.

 

is to be taken dead serious.

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text 2017-09-17 18:17
Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 143 pages.
The Crucible - Arthur Miller,Christopher Bigsby

This is just starting, and the ugly is already showing loud and clear.

 

 

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