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Old Yesterday, 07:30 PM   #23491
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Charles Williams: The Third Inkling by Grevel Lindop

Finally we have a very fine biography of the “Third Inkling” Charles Williams. Grevel Lindop enables us to experience the mercurial intellectual brilliance and charismatic personality of this genius. It must be stated, though, that Williams is a genius nearly forgotten. In his preface Lindop gives the reasons why this happened and outlines his objectives in the biography. Essentially he hopes that it will result in a reassessment of Williams as a literary figure--particularly as a major poet. Additionally, we learn a considerable amount about the impact Williams had as a critic, dramatist, lecturer, novelist, Rosicrucian adept, theologian, and spiritual Guru who founded a mystical order of companions for lay people.

Lindop emphasises that the biography “ . . . is by no means an unmixed advocacy. “ He attempts {completely successfully in my opinion} to create a unified portrait so that “. . . a figure formerly regarded as somewhat mystifying becomes comprehensible, and much more interesting.” This process allows us to see a man whose fierce creative charisma seemed to necessitate certain disturbing sadomasochistic aspects. But a person who embodied a blazing sanctity and holiness also emerges. Younger women in particular found him hypnotically attractive and usually fell in love. At the same time he had problems with his marriage and his wife who clearly loved him had serious doubts about his ability to be a spiritual mentor and described the Rosicrucians with whom he associated during one phase of his life as "phonies". Grevel Lindop gives us a balanced narrative which reveals both the brilliance and darkness--the Yin and Yang--of this enigmatic friend of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

One thing is certain--he was a visionary who seemed to unite opposites and lived life with an incredible spiritual and creative intensity. He died at the height of his powers but left behind a legacy that deserves to be remembered. It is to be hoped that this very fine biography will initiate a reassessment of “The Third Inkling”.

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I have finished reading An Account of Egypt by Herodotus. Reading this book gives you a chance to visit Egypt in the Fifth Century B.C. You can learn something of the Egyptian culture including their embalming techniques which varied according to the price paid. Herodotus describes the pyramids as they appeared in their original glory and shares something of the Egyptian view of their history while warning the reader that there is much he doesn't trust to be accurate.

He has been called "the father of history" and he well deserves the accolade.
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I have finished reading An Account of Egypt by Herodotus. Reading this book gives you a chance to visit Egypt in the Fifth Century B.C. You can learn something of the Egyptian culture including their embalming techniques which varied according to the price paid. Herodotus describes the pyramids as they appeared in their original glory and shares something of the Egyptian view of their history while warning the reader that there is much he doesn't trust to be accurate.

He has been called "the father of history" and he well deserves the accolade.
Take anything that Herodotus says with a pinch of salt. He almost certainly did not personally visit Egypt, but was relying on the accounts of other travellers. Modern Egyptologists take virtually all of what he says with a very, very large pinch of salt. (One example: I'm afraid it's not actually true that a hippopotamus, although the name does indeed mean "water horse", has a mane and the tail of a horse, and neither does it neigh like a horse, as Herodotus states.) Remember that people in Egypt in the 5th century BC knew absolutely nothing about the origin of the Giza pyamids, which were some 2300 years old at the time. They were the stuff of myth and legend.

Pretty much the only thing he did get right is his account of the process of mummification.

Herodotus is a fun read, but not to be taken seriously.

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Herodotus is a fun read, but not to be taken seriously.
Oh, don't be so hard on the old boy, Harry. Facts, shmacts, Herodotus is a towering literary and historiographical writer who has much to tell us about the writing of history; he still sets a high bar for the organization of material and the effort to understand and convey the underlying issues and causes of events. He did the best he could with the sources he had.

I suspect fantasyfan knows that hippos don't have horsetails, so at least Herodotus didn't dupe him on that score.
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Oh, don't be so hard on the old boy, Harry. Facts, shmacts, Herodotus is a towering literary and historiographical writer who has much to tell us about the writing of history; he still sets a high bar for the organization of material and the effort to understand and convey the underlying issues and causes of events. He did the best he could with the sources he had.

I suspect fantasyfan knows that hippos don't have horsetails, so at least Herodotus didn't dupe him on that score.
He tells great stories, and is justly called "the father of history" - he basically invented the concept. Even in his own lifetime, though, he was called "the father of lies" by the Athenians, because his account of the battle of Marathon was completely at odds with the personal knowledge of Athenians who had been present at the battle.
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And now, reading another "non-fiction" book, Boys in the Trees, Carly Simon's autobiography. It's actually well written and is keeping me involved. Got a copy from the BC Library system, so need to read it quickly.
Finished. And enjoyed. I'd give it a 3.5, and worth the read. It's look into the world of pop music but also into the struggle of Ms. Simon with depression, anxiety and stammering.

Next up, I think I'll try The Wiz Biz after what I've been hearing here.
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