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Homer “The Odyssey”

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I enjoyed The Odyssey more than The Iliad. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t know what was going to happen and perhaps also because there aren’t as many fighting and death scenes in this book.

I was a little disappointed in the ending though. It felt rushed. One moment they’re fighting and the next they’re making peace… The End! Huh?

Anyway, so the book is based on the character Odysseus, one of the brave warriors who went to fight the Trojan war in The Iliad. It tells of his journey of the aftermath when he tried to return home, but was prevented by several characters.

First published: This book was published in 1946 but was written in the 8th century BC.

Rating: 4/5

 

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Homer “The Iliad”

Homer Iliad

I couldn’t believe my luck when I found the translations of Homer’s “The Iliad”and “The Odyssey” at a bargain price at our church bazaar. The saleslady was very disappointed that she didn’t laid hands on it first. Score!

If you’ve ever seen the movie Troy, it was based on the book “The Iliad”. You know that classic line of the movie: “Helen of Troy, the face who launched a 1000 ships”? Well, it starts where Helen’s husband, Menelaus, and the Achaeans reach Troy and prepare themselves for a fight. Helen ran away with one of King Priam’s sons, Paris. These two are the real reason “The Iliad” is called a tragedy, because if someone just took some responsibility and reprimanded Paris, none of the destruction and death would have happened. Then again, there wouldn’t be much of a story.

We also meet Achilles, the famed fighter who the Trojans all fear. In “The Iliad” Achilles is in disagreement with the Achaeans’ King, Agamemnon. Achilles refuses to help the Achaeans and a lot of bloodshed follows.

Odysseus, the main character of “The Odyssey”, also features.

Two things that really annoyed me:

Most of “The Iliad” involves the fighting which can become very tedious. See, with everyone being killed, Homer has to tell us their name and history. It’s never ending. If that isn’t bad enough each side has this long speech before they start fighting each other. It makes the story somewhat unbelievable: how can you in all that chaos and noise not die of a stray spear?

Secondly, why does Paris feel no remorse when his brother is killed because of his actions? It’s like his character disappeared, we don’t hear or see his reaction to the tragic news.

First published: This book was published in 1950 but Homer wrote the two epic poems during the 8th or 7th century BC.

Rating: 3/5

Interesting facts:

  • According to Homer, the Lesbians are from the country Lesbos.
  • What is an Iliad? The city of Troy was also known as Ilios or Ilium thus “Iliad” is the epic poem or song of Ilium.

 

Dearly Depotted – Kate Collins

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It’s funny, I read this book years ago but when I saw they made a film adaptation I couldn’t remember what happens in the story. I read it again and none of it felt familiar. Such a shame, because it’s really a fun story.

Back cover:
It looks like Abby Knight’s cousin Jillian is heading for the altar again, and guess which bridesmaid is doing the flowers? Yes, it’s Abby – law school dropout, owner of Bloomers, and ex-fiancée to the best man! Abby has her hands full at the wedding, doing triple duty as florist, bridesmaid, and grandma-sitter, all while wearing a floral print that makes her look like a clown. But the real trouble starts when the groom’s ninety-year-old grandma disappears. While hunting for her, Abby discovers the body of Jack Snyder, one of the guests, behind the minister’s platform in the gazebo. When her assistant’s new boyfriend becomes a suspect, Abby decides she’d better find out who killed Jack in the pulpit.

First published: 2005

Rating: 3/5

 

Winnie the who?

3 Cheers for Pooh!
(For who?)
For Pooh
(Why what did he do?)… 
Winnie-the-Pooh: Chapter 10

I feel I missed a part of my childhood not growing up with the stories of Winnie the Pooh. Of course I knew of him, but I only read the books now.

Winnie-the-Pooh
Rating: 5/5

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I adored the introduction:

‘And now all the others are saying, “What about Us?” So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing Introductions and get on with the book.’

and chapter 2 especially “Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place”.

 

The House at Pooh corner
Rating: 3/5

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I love the way A.A. Milne introduces each character in the books. I love his way of stating things which sounds both profound and simple for children to understand.

“But it isn’t Easy,” said Pooh to himself… “Because Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.” (Chapter 9).

Also, the almost heartbreaking last chapter when Christopher Robin tries to explain to Pooh that he is growing up and going to change.

 

Sookie Stackhouse series

If you don’t know who Sookie Stackhouse is… have you ever heard of the HBO TV-series True Blood ? 

Do I have your attention now? Good. Because True Blood is based on the Sookie Stackhouse series written by Charlaine Harris. Sookie Stackhouse is also the main character of both, btw.

For the past few months, this was my guilty pleasure.

I’m not going to go into everything that happens in every book. It would take too long as there are 13 books in the main series and then a few short stories for extras.

What I am going to point out though are the differences in the book and TV series. For example: the books aren’t nearly so violent and racy as HBO portrayed it.

In the books, more are said about the werepanthers whereas in the TV-series we are introduced to them, but then it sorta just dies down. In fact, there aren’t just werewolves and werepanthers… And they also make an announcement to the world. Sookie also doesn’t date Alcide.

We also learn more about Sookie’s fairy relatives.

In the book series, Lafayette dies in the first book, Tara gets a happy ending and Pam and Sookie are actually friends!

The only thing I didn’t like, is that baby vamp Jessica doesn’t exist in the books!

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  1. Dead until Dark
  2. Living dead in Dallas
  3. Club Dead
  4. Dead to the world
  5. Dead as a doornail
  6. Definitely Dead
  7. Altogether Dead
  8. From Dead to worse
  9. Dead and gone
  10. Dead in the family
  11. Dead reckoning
  12. Dead locked
  13. Dead ever after*

I love the way Charlaine Harris took the word “Dead” and made it a theme for every book title. (I once did that with a short story using the phrase “hide and seek”).

I dreaded reading the last book. I don’t know what I’m going to do now. How am I going to face the world? With what am I going to fill the void?

Do you know that feeling when you enjoy something so much you don’t want it to end? When you live and breathe with the characters that the story actually becomes real?

I literally couldn’t put it down. There were some nights my hands actually grew numb for holding onto the Kindle for dear life.

So, what’s the verdict?

Rating: Guilty

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Rediscovered this word the other day. It’s a nonsense word meaning “fabulous”.

Nagapie

Die nagapie is my nuwe gunsteling diertjie. Het jy geweet hulle woon selfs in die stad? Ek het nie.

Ek het twee toevallig raakgesien toe ek een Maandagaand teen skemer met iemand onder ‘n doringboom staan en gesels. Ek sien uit die hoek van my oog hoe iets kleins rondspring in die boom.

“Haai! Kyk daar!”

Ek dog toe eers dis twee eekhorings, maar iemand deel my mee dat nee, dis waaragtig twee nagapies!

Ek sou nooit kon droom dat ek nagapies in die middel van Pretoria sou kry nie. Ek wonder waar hulle in die dag slaap, want dis nou nie juis baie stil hier in die stad nie. Baie honde wat blaf, alarms wat afgaan, taxis se toeters wat blêr, ens.

Ons het die Moreletapark Spruit wat deur Pretoria loop. Miskien kom hulle juis van daar af? Of dalk van Wolwespruit se kant?

‘n Volgende aand sien ek een weer en na-aap sy geroep. Hy stop en kyk my met sy uitpeuloë aan.

Hier is ‘n gedig wat ek geskryf het:

Die nagapies

Maandag skemer, die son sak
wip hulle rats van tak tot tak
uit die rigting van die kerk se dak.

Piepklein vlermuis-oor rakker
gevolg deur sy waaierstert makker.

Twee jakopeweroë loer vir my
soos ‘n nuuskierige agie.
Piepklein, piep-skree apie
maak toe kennis met die stadsjapie.

Song titles poem

I wrote this poem during one of my sleepless nights. How many songs do you recognize?

Forever as one.
I’m with you
When your gone
Keep holding on.

Let it Rain.
Ashes to the wind.
The crisis.
Big my secret.
Breathe.

Forever and always
Love Story
You’re still the one
Kan nie (sonder jou)
Kom haal my

Baby, let’s play house
Love me tender
Let me be your Teddy Bear.

May it be
Only time (will tell)

When I fall in love
A beautiful mess
Bubbly
Crush

I could be the one
Lovegame
The real thing
White flag
I’d do anything
Crawling.

(You’re my) only one
I miss you
I give you my heart

I don’t know why
Feeling the same way

Darling I do
I don’t want to miss a thing

Lovefool
The way you make me feel
Woo hoo
All I do is dream of you
True love
Dreaming the same dream
To be with you
A kind of magic

You’re my best friend
Ja jy
Too damn hot

I wonder
I think of you.

Anne of Green Gables series

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I’ve been rereading the Anne series the past month or two. I’ve read till the sixth book once before and stopped, because our local library didn’t have the last two books in the series.

Now I’m borrowing my mom’s Kindle and reading it in e-book format.

I love L.M. Montgomery’s writing: it’s comfortable, cosy and homey. You can relate to her characters.

One thing I do wish though: is to read a nice thriller or murder mystery after all this sweetness.

  1. Anne of Green Gables – 5/5
    Back cover: People are surprised when Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, both very set in their ways, decide to adopt an orphan boy. But no-one was more astonished than Marilla and Matthew themselves when the boy they are expecting turns out to be a very talkative, very imaginative, very red-headed, very female girl. Anne has arrived at Green Gables. Her adventures, dreams, sorrows and joys are set down here in one of the most popular books ever written.Characters: Diane Barry, Gilbert Blythe, Miss Barry (Diane’s grandmother), Miss Rachel Lynde, MIss Stacey (teacher), Josie Pye, Mrs Allan, Ruby Gillis, Jane.

Fav part in book: 

‘Dropping her precious carpet-bag she sprang forward a step and clasped her hands.
“You don’t want me!” she cried. “You don’t want me because I’m not a boy! I might have expected it. Nobody ever did want me. I might have known it was all too beautiful to last. I might have known nobody really did want me. Oh, what shall I do? I’m going to burst into tears!”
Burst into tears she did.’
First published: 1908

2. Anne of Avonlea – 5/5
Back cover: Anne of Green Gables is now half-past sixteen, but is still the strongheaded and romantic heroine of the earlier book. Uncle Matthew has died (spoiler alert!), and Anne goes back to Avonlea to teach at her old school.
As romantic as ever, Anne’s new dream is the improvement of Avonlea, but this grownup ambition does not prevent her from falling into scrapes that seem to befall her in spite of best intentions. Every reader who enjoyed “Anne of Green Gables” will want to follow our heroine as she encounters new friends – the irascible old bachelor Mr Harrison, the impish twins Davy and Dora as well as the Lovely Lavendar Lewis

Other characters: Charlotta the Fourth, Mr Harrison’s pet parrot Ginger.

Some truths learned from the book: 
Miss Lavendar to Anne: “Sometimes, I think it is no use to make friends. They only go out of your life after a while and leave a hurt that is worse that the emptiness before they came.”

“This was succeeded by a queer, little lonely feeling… as if somehow Diana had gone forward into a new world, shutting a gate behind her leaving Anne on the outside.”

First published: 1909

3. Anne of the Island – 5/5
Back cover: Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1874. She spent her childhood living with her grandmother in an old farmhouse, and began writing poems and stories at an early age. Many years later, her work came to be published regularly in numerous American periodicals. However, the worldwide success of “Anne of Green Gables”, first published in America in 1908, took her by surprise. She received thousands of readers’ letters, which inspired her to continue the stories of Anne, subsequently translated into many languages. L.M. Montgomery died in 1942.

Characters: Gog and Magog

Some truths from the book: 
“It’s never pleasant to have our old shrines desecrated, even when we have outgrown them.”

“Our friendship will be spoiled – if he goes on with this nonsense. It mustn’t be spoiled – I won’t let it. Oh, why can’t boys just be sensible!”

Ruby: “I’ll be homesick. Heaven must be very beautiful, of course, the Bible says so, but, Anne, it won’t be what I’m used to.”

Fav parts from the book: Chapter XVII A letter from Davy
‘It’s snowing some to-day and Marilla says the old woman in the sky is shaking her featherbeds. Is the old woman in the sky God’s wife, Anne? I want to know.
Mrs Lynde was awful mad the other day because I asked her if she was alive in Noah’s time. I didn’t mean to hurt her feelings. I just wanted to know. Was he Anne?
Why can ministers do what boys can’t? I want to know. I haven’t any more news.
Here are six kisses xxxxxx Dora send’s one. Here’s hers x
PS. Anne, who was the devil’s father? I want to know.’

And… Gilbert’s proposal (spoiler alert!)

First published: 1915

4. Anne of Windy Willows: 3/5
This must be the most boring of the all the books. It’s mostly about Anne being the principal at a school while she waits for Gilbert to finish studying for a doctor.

Characters: Elizabeth, Dusty Miller, Rebecca Dew, Aunt Chatty, Aunt Kate, The Pringles.

First published: 1936

5. Anne’s House of Dreams – 5/5
I remember reading this book in my final year of university. I was absolutely in love with the story – as was the second time.

Characters: Miss Cornelia Bryant, Captain Jim, Lost Margaret, Susan Baker: ‘Mrs Doctor, dear’, Leslie, Owen Ford

First published: 1917

6. Anne of Ingleside
Still busy rereading this book. Anne is married and has six children: Jem, Walter, twins Di and Nan, Shirley and Rilla. The stories are not so much about Anne any more but the trials and tribulations of her children.

First published: 1939

7. Rainbow Valley
The story of how Anne’s children grows up continues. Very sweet and funny. 

Characters: Mary Vance, The Meredith children.

Fav quote: “A faint blue haze rested on the eastern hill, over which a great, pale, round moon was just floating up like a silver bubble.”

First published: 1919

8. Rilla of Ingleside
This was definitely my favourite book of the series. Anne’s children are all grown up and the First World War breaks out. Some of her boys go away to war and some don’t return. The story revolves around what her youngest, Rilla, experiences.

Characters: Dog Monday, Walter “Rilla-my-Rilla”, mention of Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination.

Fav quotes: “her soul was like being tied to the stake because of the suffering of the world around her.”

“When we forget God, He remembers us.”

“Everybody believed that the next thing he would say, church or no church, would be something that would be spelt with asteriks…”

First published:  1921

 

Just another random Dada poem

This poem is written using Elimination. You take a random page from any book and eliminate all the words you don’t want to use and leave the rest where they were placed on the page.

I bet you’ll never guess from which book I got this page from:

 

Aids                           missionary

                                  reflections

                                                   red

                                    pale




                                   still, crimson
                                             mirror-like

                                          stir




sober                                step                        deep.