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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
The Rule of Four

achmardi, October 25, 2006

I wasn't expecting much from this book, I must admit. A novel about a book as elusive as the Hynerotomachia? Even as a bibliophile, I wasn't very excited, and I picked it up randomly for an easy read between classics. But I was absolutely blown away by this book. I practically fell in love with one of the characters, and even came to adore the Roman author of the Hypnerotomachia. But more importantly, I was enamored in what the Hypnerotomachia was hiding, and often couldn't bring myself to put the book down for the night. I not only cried at the end, I bawled like a baby. This is an exquisite first novel, and, though it might be a longshot, I hope Caldwell and Thomason write at least one more book.
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Everyman by Philip Roth
Everyman

achmardi, September 5, 2006

I've heard mixed reviews about this book. Personally, I feel it is undeniably well written and very easy to relate to regardless of age. I admit, though, it terrified me in a way I've never experienced. Being young and healthy, it forced my mind to see life and death in another light, beyond the petty expectations of old age. I'd recommend it to anyone.
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Aristotle's Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Dark Ages by Richard Rubenstein
Aristotle's Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Dark Ages

achmardi, August 21, 2006

Incredibly readable from beginning to end, this book explains how every aspect of the world changed when Aristotle's works were re-discovered in the Middle Ages. Rubenstein explains in a way that puts you directly into the world of people like Peter Abelard, St Augustine, and Aristotle himself. He includes character sketches as well as each person's philosophy and how they were influenced by the magnificent find. Worth checking out if you're interested in philosophy, theology and especially the history of Christianity and the Catholic Church.
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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina

achmardi, August 20, 2006

I think most people are familiar with the story of Anna Karenina, but aren't familiar with the book itself. Tolstoy wrote this book in such great detail that you feel as though you know the characters in person--for example, reading about one of the characters may be like looking into the mirror, as it was for me. Two stories, loosely tied together, the lives of Levin and Kitty, and Anna and Vronsky, come together at the end to form a gorgeous work of fiction. Required reading for those who enjoy love stories or feel the urge to pick apart fascinating characters.
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Redwall: Redwall Book 1 by Brian Jacques
Redwall: Redwall  Book 1

achmardi, August 20, 2006

While children these days grow up with the Harry Potter series, I had Redwall. But while Brian Jacques' adventure series is mainly geared toward children, adults shouldn't steer away from them because of it. This book, the first in the series, was originally written for blind children, so the writing itself is generally very descriptive, enabling the reader to easily picture everything that's going on. Each story in the series is an endless battle between good and evil, and the creatures of Redwall Abbey (a neutral, non-religious community) always have an endless amount of energy to do what's right. Great swashbuckling series full of swordfights and plot-twists that would get child, or adult, excited.
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