Monthly Archives: February 2013

Persuaded

After my Homeric experience with The Iliad, I wanted something close to my liking. What’s better than Jane Austen‘s Persuasion?

Cover of "Persuasion (Oxford World's Clas...

Cover of Persuasion (Oxford World’s Classics)

I wrote before about this being my favorite Austen and it still is. This time I realized the actual amount of persuasion that goes around. From Anne Elliot to each Miss Musgrove, everybody is persuaded at one point or another.

Still, Anne’s and Captain Wentworth’s love story is the best around. Lest face it, they’re not young and that’s what is so appealing about their romance.

Now I’m ready for some more reading.

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Anyone for Troy?

I felt like reading Homer’s Iliad. After all 19th and early 20th century novels I’ve read, I thought I deserved some Classics. How wrong was I?

 

Homer was also called Melesigenes (son of Mele...

Homer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Honestly, I had to start all over again three times. That’s a record for me. Granted, last year’s last months were hectic. But then again, this is supposed to be the foundation of Occidental literature. I should be able to read it with no sweat.

 

Achilles tending Patroclus wounded by an arrow...

Achilles tending Patroclus wounded by an arrow, ca. 500 BC. From Vulci. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

When I finally finished it, I watched Troy again. I kind of needed the frivolity of it all. Lets face it, The Iliad is extremely bloody, far more violent than some video-games. Brad Pitt‘s rendition of a heterosexual Achilles made me reconsider my not liking the original epic poem, but not enough to actually like it. Now I’m reading something more to my liking. I really deserve that.

 

 

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