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Classical Literature

So, at present I’m still struggling along with Neil Gaiman’s American Gods (which, I have to add, is going on forever) but, thanks to a wonderful part of the internet known as Booktube, I’ve found a whole host of new bookishly-minded folk to increase my reading variety. 259 more words

Are the classics really “the noblest recorded thoughts of man”? (Walden 66)

“Men sometimes speak as if the study of the classics would at length make way for more modern and practical studies; but the adventurous student will always study classics, in whatever language they may be written and however ancient they may be. 260 more words


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Published in: 1818
Pages: 352
Edition read: E-Book

The story of one man’s ambition to create life, and how he lives with the terrible consequences of this passion and madness. 557 more words


Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm & Wilhelm Grimm

Published in: 1812
Pages: 132
Edition: E-Book


For almost two centuries, the stories of magic and myth gathered by the Brothers Grimm have been part of the way children—and adults—learn about the vagaries of the real world. 577 more words

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Emma by Jane Austen

Published in: 1815
Pages: 512
Edition read: E-book

Description: (from goodreads)
Beautiful, clever, rich – and single – Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. 726 more words

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"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times"

I have just finished reading  A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

I can’t remember when I first read it but it must have been when I was in my teens because it didn’t leave an impact on me whereas having read it now in my sixties it has left some strong impressions on me. 318 more words


Mu’is al ahrar fi daqa’iq al ashcar (The Free Man’s Companion to the Subtleties of Poems) of Jajarmi, Iran, Isfahan, circa 1340, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Said the Wise Abu Macshar: “Those born under this decade have a dark complexion with a tendency to redness. They have a small build, a large head, and a loud voice.

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