Category Archives: Literature

My library — had I the wealth and space

Sometimes I think, ‘If I had the money and the space, what would my personal library look like?’ One of my friends said that he’d rebind all his Star Wars novels in leather given the money and opportunity! I don’t … Continue reading

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The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris

The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris My rating: 3 of 5 stars William Morris is one of those craftsmen/artists/thinkers that intrigue and inspire me — one of an old breed of mediaevalist who believed in mediaevalism and the … Continue reading

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What makes a classic?

I once flew from Cyprus to Egypt and was stuck in Larnaca airport during a very long delay with a somewhat paranoid guy who does security for missionary organisations. One of the topics that briefly surfaced in our strange conversation … Continue reading

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Ausonius vs the Romantics

Ausonius by Ausonius My rating: 4 of 5 stars Ausonius (d. AD 395) is not necessarily the best regarded of ancient poets — but his contemporaries really liked him. In his introduction to this edition/translation, H G Evelyn White at … Continue reading

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Reading better, not more

Several months ago, I loaned my copy of Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas to a friend. One day, in conversation, she mentioned one of the sagas and what was happening. And I had no idea what she was … Continue reading

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First thoughts upon finishing City of God

City of God by Augustine of Hippo My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is simply an initial reaction book review. Further and deeper thoughts will follow on a blog somewhere… I have finished reading City of God. It is … Continue reading

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The Sensational ‘Day of the Triffids’

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham My rating: 4 of 5 stars As with The Metamorphosis (the last book I reviewed here) which was also a recommendation from my brother Michael, I came to The Day of the … Continue reading

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Kafka’s alluring simplicity

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read the translation by Ian Johnston; this was the first book the entirety of which I read on my NOOK eReader, and it went well. I came to … Continue reading

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Seductive Suetonius

I am reading Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars, in my spare time right now.* I’ve read three Caesars — Julius Caesar, Augustus, and Tiberius. I posted as my Facebook status the other night that when Augustus (pictured left in a cameo … Continue reading

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Epic review of Paradise Lost (also: Is there ring composition? Discuss)

Paradise Lost by John Milton My rating: 5 of 5 stars It seems silly to write a review of Paradise Lost. ‘You mean Matthew, of all people, liked this book? What a shock!’ And, really, how can one give a … Continue reading

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