selene_13: (Bibliophile)
So I come back from a week's holiday on the wonderful warm Greek Isles, to a stormy, rain-soaked, cold and wintery home. Way to go, Holland, you fickle bastard.

I read two good books the past week (lounging on the beach, listening to the surf, basking in the heat... sigh), both about a period of time in English history that I find fascinating: "The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or the Murder at Road Hill House" by Kate Summerscale, which managed to put forth an atmospheric casefile of one of 19th Century England's most illustrous murders, very Gothic in its subject but factually dealt with; and the great "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel, which details the rise (and rise) of Thomas Cromwell during the reign of Henry VIII.

Especially "Wolf Hall" was an excellent read; I cannot wait to get the sequel in hand whenever it finishes. She makes Cromwell's story in a time of great change and turmoil a fascinating read and his character is extremely sympathetic. I had to refresh my memory as to how the story will end and who fit exactly where (it almost felt like I was "spoiling" myself by refreshing myself to the data - how can you spoil yourself to history?! - but marks that the story was compelling. As an English grad I should be ashamed by what I've forgotten by the way).

This lead to me getting on Wikipedia and surfing through the pages, from Cromwell to Thomas More, to Hans Holbein, to Henry's six wives, to the reformation, to the royal line, to wondering about "what is this sweating sickness?", to Hantavirus, to cell pathology, to reading the details of Ebola virus. Yay Wiki dissemination. How I love thee.


Aug. 4th, 2005 06:48 pm
selene_13: (Harry)
I'm about to go to the gym. Two days ago I ran my personal record of 4 kilometres (that's about 2,5 miles). Took me 27 minutes. This is the most I've ever ran in one straight go, so I'm quite proud of myself. Seems like some days you just really have to have a good day and you'll amaze yourself (it's not much to others, but it's a little achievement to me ^_^).

I wish I had more of those days when it concerns my thesis. I think I've read about one hundred pages in a month... shame on me. It was supposed to be finished by now. Well, no one to blame but myself.

Am reading Melmoth the Wanderer now (for aforementioned thesis). Very slow to get into, but after about 80 pages it starts to get quite good. Sometimes very profound. I think someone told me that this is one of the senior professors' favourite novel, and I'm not surprised. It's a literary analyst's wet dream...

This following quote struck me as very 'current events' in the HP fandom, esp. concerning the shipping issue:

"As I knelt, I trembled at my own hypocrisy. I was profaning the altar of God, - I was mocking the sufferings of the being I supplicated for, - I was the worst of all hypocrites, a hypocrite on my knees, and at the altar. Yet, was I not compelled to be so? If I was a hypocrite, who had made me one? If I profaned the altar, who had dragged me there, to insult it by vows my soul belied and reversed faster than my lips could utter them?"

From Melmoth the Wanderer, by Robert Maturin, Oxford World Classics, p. 189.

You can crisise that which lead you somewhere by the nose when you don't agree with what the other delivers. You are allowed to speak out against an auhor if you feel deceived by where they brought you, even if you liked it before. Enjoy Free Speech.

And concerning my thesis topic: "I dreaded him like a demon, yet I invoked him as a God." (page 196) Hellooo subtext. ^_^

Off to excersize.


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