We owe it to each other to tell stories - Neil Gaiman

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Original Classics- an update

So I have been mulling over my post of Sunday evening and have come to a decision *drumroll* ...

Instead of starting a new blog dedicated to The Original
Classics, I have decided that come October I will be starting a new fortnightly feature called "The Original Classics" - not fancy, but it gets to the point. I have selected Longus' pastoral gem called Daphnis and Chloe for the first literary Original Classics, as it is one of the first novels written. It is a great book, so do get yourself a copy and experience this gem with me.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges - Book Stats

Title: Labyrinths

Author: Jorge Luis Borges

Date of publication: 1964

My edition: Penguin Classics

Number of pages: 287

Other notable works: Ficciones, El Aleph

Labyrinths was one of the books we were assigned for Modern Fiction. It is a collection of Borges' short stories including Emma Zunz, Garden of Forking Paths, A New Refutation of Time etc. The only story I actually understood was Emma Zunz. I am hoping that this reread will bring greater understanding. Have you succesfully read and understood anything by Borges?

Sunday, 28 August 2011

The other kind of Classic

Whenever the classics are mentioned, we tend to generally think of the works of Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, The Brontes, Dickens etc. But what I am talking about is the other classics category... The originals as far as plays, poetry and novels go... I'm talking about the works of the ancient Greeks and Romans... The people who inspired the authors of the classics like Shakespeare. How many of you have read anything by Homer or Vergil or Ovid or even Aeschylus? Not all that many I think, but who knows?

So this afternoon whilst reading through one of my study guides for Greek Comedy and it got me thinking. I should start a blog on these Classics, as one can only truly appreciate the other classics when you can see where they came from. This ofcourse will be an enormous undertaking and will have to wait until I have more control over my time, but I am very excited by the prospect of this as I can actually use what I have studied at university.

Friday, 26 August 2011

So this is sort of like a test post, so that I can try mobile posting. If it works easily enough, then you will be seeing more frequent blog posts from me, as I'll be able to post during my lunch break at school. Don't you just love technology?!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Rocket Man

It has been the longest time since I have posted something new here on Bibliophilia, and the reason is quite simple. I am once again a member of the working class... even though I do not see myself professionally going into teaching, I have taken a temporary teaching position at the school which I worked at last year. This time it is the Grade 4s that are trying my patience. It has been a real awakening, it is sad to see that children at a Grade 4 level cannot read at the level they are supposed to. It does break my heart - I love books and reading so it saddens me finding that there are children who cannot read. I still am looking for the book that will really excite them, so any suggestions will be heartily welcomed. This has been a real test for me, and also a bit of an inspiration for a future idea, as I just remembered that one day I could read. So going back to the basics of learning how to read has really given me a new respect for teachers. But enough about that...

So I have the 'leisure' to write this post at 11:30 on a Thursday morning because I have been booked off sick. It seems that children truly are incubators of viral plague, and well it hit me without me seeing it coming. Last Thursday I woke up with what I thought was a throat infection - decided I would treat it homeopathically, and see how I feel on Friday. Friday I had to go to the doctor because I felt like death. I was diagnosed with sinu-pharyngitus which is not as fun as it sounds. I was given a bag full of antibiotics, prednizone and some other things and was told to rest and since it was a long weekend, I thought I would do just that. Monday I felt better, and was gearing up for the week ahead, but Tuesday, oh woe-filled Tuesday I felt like death warmed up. I returned to the doctor to find that I had developed bronchitis, and well I have been booked off for the rest of the week. So here I am, a full week of being sick later, and well I have a bit of time and energy to finally explain my absence.

So now that you know what has kept me away from blogging, let me catch you up on what I have been reading in the mean time. So my read list is quite scant - I have just been too tired to sit down with a book and read; therefore I cannot boast a long list, but here is what I have read:

  • Oedipus the King
  • A Hidden Witch
  • Tris and Izzie
So you can expect a few reviews up soon. I am presently busy with two titles - Wuthering Heights and Thoeba - and last night I sort of started Pride and Prejudice. But I think that that is something for another post. Also I still owe a few posts on Gone with the Wind and the latest Booktown Mystery title; I will try to get round to them by this weekend, but I do not promise anything. So until I post again, happy reading and stay healthy :)