Terse and to the point!
No zombies. No vampires. No angels. No self-help. No horror.
I have three days to finally read this play before I see it on Sunday. I've known since last summer that I would be seeing it and still have just not picked it up to read. It is a bit intimidating. Written in Spanish, In verse and contemporary to Shakespeare -- and with the same same challenges of vocabulary that we have today, that of the ever shifting meanings of words. At least the edition I own is a didactic version with lots of notes to help the reader.
I'm looking forward to the production. I read the play way back in college but have never seen it on stage. So even though I know the translation will stray fare from the original text, I am looking forward
to the production because Trinity Rep is very bold when it comes to re-interpreting old works.
FOLLOW-UP: I loved it. Writings become classics because each succeeding generation finds something in them that resonates and keeps that book alive and in the conversation for the next generation to hear about and explore for themselves. Fuenteovejuna is a classic and it shows in the ability of the translator/adapter, the director and the cast to find something new and relevant in the text. We don't have to understand the historic circumstances of the events or the time in which it was written to find something to take away from this play because the message is as relevant today as it was when the play was written. Bravo, Trinity Rep!
PS, I never even got past the first scene in reading the play, but I'm working on it!
driving me crazy!!!
The book takes place in 1841 or so. Something is described by the first person narrator as smelling like Lysol--which wasn't first marketed until 1889. There have been more usages that I haven't been able to check out that I am sure are out of date.
So, I'm just trying to ignore them all and enjoy the the mystery itself which isn't all that bad.
Another 2 for 1 sale, another disappointment.
I was hoping to clean up on this sale and maybe fill up my cart with exciting reads but as usual, in the couple of hundred books that were on offer on this sale, I found just one title that I would like to read. I guess maybe it is because I'm not a big reader of best sellers and I'm kind of picky about what I do read.
I'll look again before the sale ends to see if I change my mind on any of the titles.
In the meantime, Audible users, have you noticed that Audible has once again made some changes to its appearance. I'm not sure it for the better this go round. There are some cosmetic changes that instead of giving us more information in a given amount of space are giving us less. I'm sure I will get used to it eventually because really there is no use in complaining about it. Better to save the complaint for something that really matters.
Even though I plunked down my pennies for this one, I'm still not sure why I bought it. I don't usually read historical novels (other than Georgette Heyer) but it is a cozy mystery so maybe that will counter-balance the historical. As always, time will tell. And maybe I will have found another series to work my way through considering that my last try with Margery Allingham isn't going to work out.
Fun story as always when it's Dortmunder and his gang but terrible narrator compared to the others who have narrated over the years.
The scene at Max's Used Cars writing the letter to the Better Business Bureau and the regulars in the bar trying to name the 8 reindeer had me stitches. Vintage Westlake.
Having just finished the stack of books I got on the 50% off sale, it was time to spend a couple of my credits and get some more new title to keep me busy. I figured that since "the first hundred days" was a current topic on the news today that perhaps there was some insight to be gained by reading about FDR's hundred days. Then, after all the heaving reading, I decided I needed a bit of escapism and chose a Dortmunder story. This should keep me busy over the weekend.
A couple of books published recently have tackled the heretofore taboo yet titillating topic of taboo/profane words. This is the one that I just happened to buy but I guess that it could have been anyone of them. The title was read by the author and I usually avoid self-read titles because just because you can write beautifully doesn't mean that you are pleasant to listen to for multiple hours. Bergen is an exception to the rule; he reads as well as he writes. The book is nicely organized. It has a basis in scientific research and is filled with anecdotal evidence to support the points he is trying to make. He writes for a broad audience not academia.
Warning, if you hearing/reading taboo/obscene/profane language in any context offends, this book might not be for you. Bergen's over-all intent is not to offend but to explore the topic and discuss its social ramifications. Four-letter words are here to stay; we might as well learn a little bit more about them.
If nothing else, this book made me think and it made me want to set my thoughts to paper. I don't have a problem with declaring some words to be taboo--particularly slurs. In fact, I am actually in favor of it. Except for slurs, I also don't have a problem with judiciously using taboo words in my own speech. However, I think that one should not use them with impunity (that is the way I was brought up); there is a time and a place and an appropriate audience. I still don't drop f-bombs in front of my parents, who I don't think I have ever heard use the word, and I don't regularly sprinkle my speech them (to the effect that when I use them, they are powerful!). I don't full agree with Bergen's take on our attempts to censor speech. I'm in favor of censorship on the airwaves and of ratings of TV, movies and videogames that protect my right not to have to hear any of these words or to have my children hear these words. It should be up to me when I want to hear taboo speech and under what circumstances. I'm not against free speech; I'm just against those who think that just because they say it that others want to hear it or even have to react positively to their utterances. If you insist on peppering each sentence you utter with f-bombs this that and the other, you will soon find that we aren't having very many conversations. Daddy always said that smart people don't need to use taboo language to express themselves and that has always formed the way I try to speak. But yeah, I'm no goody-two-shoes; I do have my moments.
I finally checked off another item on my literary bucket list: The Iliad and the Odyssey. I've had the audio version in my TBR for a couple of years now but very recently picked up these two Great Course lectures to read along with the The I & The O so that maybe I would get more out of the story. It was a good move on my part.
However, I bought and listened to the two lectures in the wrong order, thinking that they were two free standing lectures lecture series. Actually, they should be read in the same order as the two epics. Not that they weren't helpful but that there was general info in The Iliad lectures that would have been helpful to have heard before listening to the two epics--not after.
The narrator killed this book for me--and not in a good way. I listened to the whole thing but it was a battle, with a lousy narrator who made very poor choices for the voicing of the various characters (none of them sounded realistic, especially Albert Campion)) and a plot that was full of holes and full of inconsistencies.Other words that come to mind to describe this book are melodrama, caricature and misogynistic (or perhaps just dated the attitudes toward women). It might do better as a film--a period piece in black and white.
Fortunately, a couple of the other titles in the series use a different narrator and I may try them to see if this author improves with age and a different narrator.
Overall, two stars-- three for the story reduced by one for the narration.
I've been an Audible member since 2002 and 99% of my reading these days (about 150 reads a year) is audiobooks. Over the years, I've learned to play the system and maximize my subscription.
Audible is for titles that I want to read over and over again (I'm an avid re-reader) or for titles that I cannot get from the public library digital collection. I've learned over the years how to maximize my investment.
About buying more credits. I know I can do it but I don't know how it works and I don't know if there is a limit to the number of credits you can purchase in a year or if just anyone can buy more credits.