- Oct 4, 2002
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Cool! Thanks Ebor.
My apologies for not getting back here in a while. Yes, "Oroonoko" by Aphra Behn is part romance, part social commentary on both slavery and life in what is now called Suriname, part travelogue. It all ends in tragedy: Imoinda and Oroonoko try to run away so their child is not born into slavery, but in the end Oroonoko kills her, is recaptured, and tortured/dismembered until he dies. It lead to some lively discussion in my class as well about slavery, the fact that Oroonoko took others as slaves and sold them when he was a prince, "Is Behn decrying slavery?" and more.Donna Rose said:Ebor,
Oroonoko....that's the one that is structured largely like a romance right? between an African princess and prince, iirc? i read it 2 summers ago i think...there was something troubling about the ending though, i cant clearly recall what. sparked lots of discussion in class. let me know your thoughts on it when you finish?
This was the advice my friend gave me: Go Hobbit, Trilogy, then The Simarilion, then the Unfinished tales and whatnot. Thanks for the trivia point, too!BJohnD said:I'd start with The Hobbit, because it's a an easy intro (being primarily a children's book) and because it sets the stage so nicely for the LOTR trilogy.ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ I was very glad I'd read about Bilbo's "There and Back Again" adventure before launching into the trilogy, as wonderful as the latter is.ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ (Wonderful enough, IMHO, to merit several full re-readings over the years.)
Fantastic choices all! I tend to read LoTR about once every year or so, and have done so since ca. 1982. During my time at CSU I took part in two marathon readings (for both The Two Towers and The Return of The King) held at Mather Mansion. I got to read a lot of the Gollum sequences, and was nowhere near as good as what was in the last two films. Good times nonetheless.cleveland said:This was the advice my friend gave me: Go Hobbit, Trilogy, then The Simarilion, then the Unfinished tales and whatnot.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡ Thanks for the trivia point, too!
So am I! I'm on pg.103 at the moment. I think she does a great job of weaving theology/praxis (and explaining it) with her narrative, but fails to really keep in mind that the actual praxis/ability of those in her own parish are beginners/amateurs wrt Orthodoxy and just doing their best - considering that she only has a few "cradle" Orthodox in her parish. I'm enjoying the book - it is very light in reading and reads quickly.NicholasOhio said:Right now I'm reading At The Corner or East and Now by Frederica Mathewes-Green....
I'm only on pg. 40 or so. Just picked up a copy of Facing East as well, but I'm at least a week from being able to start on it. My list is too long...I'll never get around to everything.Elisha said:So am I!ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡ I'm on pg.103 at the moment.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡ - it is very light in reading and reads quickly.