My Current Predicament - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
My Current Predicament|
My current predicament is a polylemma -- I need to decide what to read now, of the following authors, in alphabetical order: Cervantes, Hemingway, Homer, Livy, Tolstoy. This after having read a lit. crit. article by Trotsky(!) and a short story by S.Y. Agnon, and completing my Greek homework.
Ahh, I do enjoy this! :)
Current Mood: thrilled
Current Music: The Who -- Fiddle About
Re: If I were you...
I was thinking about to propose the same - Tolstoy. :) Though I personally only know Tolstoy and Hemingway of your list.
|Date:||November 9th, 2002 09:29 am (UTC)|| |
Well, ya know, Livy's got people sticking their hands in fires and singlehandedly defending bridges against armies. I think that's kinda cool, anyway.
|Date:||November 9th, 2002 09:25 pm (UTC)|| |
I have a terrible weakness: I find it difficult to read arbitrary parts of a book. I mean, I've no problem reading a single essay out of some anthology, for instance, but I have a hard time reading Livy iv, 6, say. I must, at the very least, read the entire fourth book of Livy.
It's quite irrational, I realize, and will get me into a lot of trouble. I have a great load of reading assignments (see above), and yet I insisted on starting Livy from book 1, chapter 1. My chances of reading up to the relevant parts for Prof. Rubin's class (mostly the Patrician-Plebeian class struggle) in this manner are slim, so I guess I shall have to skip anyhow. But in the meantime, I'm repressing that obvious fact, and reading straight. Sigh.
(Not to mention that I want to read some Polybius and Plutarch before the final exam, just to round out my understanding of the period. Thankfully, my irrational quirk does allow me to read individual biographies in Plutarch's Lives.
P.S. Hey, reading Livy from the beginning has its perks, too! I get to see how the Romans failed to edit out all those embarrassing incidents in their foundation myths... And I encountered the king with the silly name Titus Tatius. :)