Monthly Archives: August 2013

Godless Morality

Richard Holloway’s book, Leaving Alexandria, was one I read at a friend’s house last year and thoroughly enjoyed , as did some of my friends here. This book, Godless Morality, by the same author was another that had caused much … Continue reading

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More Mrs. Oliphant: women’s lives

I am somewhat glad that Mrs Oliphant had to write to support her family – as one of the few ways open to a woman of her class and period. Luckily, she had already written and published before she was … Continue reading

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Adventure story, Allegory or Myth?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis, is a book many children love, and which has been made into a film more than once. Adventure story, allegory or myth?Lewis himself referred to it as a fairy tale. … Continue reading

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7 million years and change.

In my twenties, I discovered the books of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and I felt that my world was suddenly expanded beyond what I had ever imagined. I had studied the ancient history of Greece and Rome-all the way back … Continue reading

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Mythic novels.

Jeanette Winterson’s book Weight is on the list of modern myths, along with Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad. I haven’t found a copy yet so I read The Stone Gods, by Winterson and found strong elements of myth in it. Robbie Crusoe … Continue reading

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Losing yourself in a character

This was so relevant to the way I read and to much of what I am reading, that I had to post a link. Losing yourself finds other people.

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Myth- and a favourite author.

Karen Armstrong has written  A Short History of Myth for the introduction to a series of modern novels on mythic themes, as I discovered when I read The Penelopiad last week. So I read what started as typical Karen Armstrong- … Continue reading

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