The Island of the Day Before

Umberto Eco, 1994. Translated by William Weaver. A book that had me with a dictionary on my lap. The book, and I imagine all his other works, alludes to historical events and mysteries that send the reader on a sidetracking quest, curious to solve the conspiracy at hand. The thought of Mr. Eco as an... Continue Reading →

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Till We Have Faces

C.S. Lewis, 1956 'Love is too young to know what conscience is' A word from Psyche: "This...I have always - at least, ever since I can remember - had a kind of longing for death...It was when I was happiest that I longed most... Do you remember? The colour and the smell, and looking across... Continue Reading →

A Green and Ancient Light

---Frederic S. Durbin, 2016 For conspirators, poetry lovers, threading together those that love the journey in solving their own mysteries... matching meanings to myth and monster. Faery tale and material weave together with ancient statues built out of a grieving, yet fruitful heart. Story inspired by Pier Francesco Orsini, Vicino, by building his sacro bosco... Continue Reading →

That Hideous Strength

C.S. Lewis, 1945 The final to Lewis’ science fiction trilogy and it is the one I must try to write about. The books follow Dr. Ransom’s interplanetary travels with a rather unconventional twist about the explorer. Superb mind-bends and its distinct grasp of reality through the stories. How to even begin to describe… That Hideous... Continue Reading →

Niall Ferguson

I was first introduced to Niall Ferguson by his BBC Reith Lectures contribution 'Rule of Law and its Enemies' 2012, a 4-part series. I came across this when researching debt - exactly what it is. Mr. Ferguson talks big picture that speaks to the situation. He is one to question everything. Part 1: The Human... Continue Reading →

Antic Hay

Aldous Huxley, 1923 Marvelously empty novel. A book that leaves you with a nothingness, a meaninglessness. No character has much redemption about them. With this, it is hard to love the poetic monologues he weaves such as Gumbril’s speech to Emily '…meditatively, deliberately…' The reader knows the person at hand and their self-aware disillusionment. Huxley... Continue Reading →

Bitter Lemons

Lawrence Durrell, 1957. Travel literature based on the author's experience and circumstances giving unique angles of vision on Cyprus life and affairs. I was blown away by the unique language and weaving of events. I did not know at first this was based on Mr. Durrell’s real experience, nor did I realize he was shedding... Continue Reading →

The Waste Books

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg 1742-1799.  Translated and introduced by R.J. Hollingdale. Here are short notes to get hooked: Introduction 1. “waste books” term employed by English business house to designate the ledgers in which transactions of all kinds were entered as they occurred before being transferred to the more orderly and neatly written account books. Lichtenberg’s... Continue Reading →

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