Monthly Archives: April 2012

The ones who lived here before. Fools Crow by James Welch

This novel makes real the history of “1491” which I blogged in January. The change  when Europeans arrived, the change across all the Americas, is particularised here in one man’s story. We can feel for one person or group in … Continue reading

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“Darwinia”- such an intriguing word. I just read “Darwin’s Pious idea” which was quite a piece of philosophic work, so this book by Robert Charles Wilson caught my eye on the Sci-Fi shelves of the library. Fun read – but … Continue reading

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The long hard book I have been reading for ages.

We just saw off our son as he returns from the U.S. to New Zealand, after a great family get-together. New Zealand is so far! Is it even “real”? Does an island rise above the ocean when I am not … Continue reading

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Sunt Lacrimae Rerum: There are tears

“Sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt.” “There is  sadness in reality, and mortal things affect the  mind”- but how unpoetic is that translation, and Lucretius is poignant. We cannot escape grief and suffering. Two days ago I read in … Continue reading

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