20th February – Shambhala

I am reading Shambhala : The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa. In the chapter on Authentic Presence are written the following words. The way of exercising inscrutability is that you don’t spell out the truth. You imply the truth, with wakeful delight in your accomplishment. What is wrong with spelling out theContinue reading “20th February – Shambhala”

15th February – John Steinbeck

Well-written satire that is still as funny today as it was when it was published. I believe this is Steinbeck’s only satirical novel and although it does poke fun at French politics, there’s more to it than that. The book, a fabrication in case you weren’t sure, is about Pippin Héristal, an amateur astronomer whoContinue reading “15th February – John Steinbeck”

14th February – The Book of Taliesin

This is a history book as well as a book of poetry. Firstly, there are 60 pages of introduction. I advise you to read this introduction as it sets the scene for both the history and the poetry. There are 6 pages of notes for the introduction. The book is in English and has beenContinue reading “14th February – The Book of Taliesin”

9th February – The Origins of Creativity

This is a fine book by the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning naturalist Edward O Wilson. This book is about the relationship between the humanities and the sciences and their roots in human creativity and what it means to be human. When did humans start being creative, well the answer is a lot longer ago thanContinue reading “9th February – The Origins of Creativity”

24th January – Materialism

“If Terry Eagleton didn’t exist it would be necessary to invent him.” So wrote Simon Critchley, but the more of Professor Terry’s books I read, the less I agree with this statement. Terry Eagleton is a unique writer whose work could never be created by artificial means. It’s the sense of humour and fun amongstContinue reading “24th January – Materialism”

24th January – The Invisible Hand

I don’t normally read books on Economics but I thought I would read The Invisible Hand, since it’s the book, or one of Adam Smith‘s books, that ‘inspired’ Thatcherism and the Free Marketeers. Yes, the Invisible Hand is about the Free Market and so paved the way for the modern capitalist system. Adam Smith arguesContinue reading “24th January – The Invisible Hand”

17th January – Jekyll and Hyde

Sometimes I think I know the storyline of a book even before I’ve read it, simply because it’s so famous. How wrong I was in the case of the novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. I was anticipating and not particularly looking forward to a story aboutContinue reading “17th January – Jekyll and Hyde”

16th January – Silas Marner

Silas Marner is the first George Eliot book I’ve read and it won’t be the last. I saw the book on sale in a second-hand bookshop in Campbell River on Vancouver Island and thought I should buy the book to see whether I would enjoy reading it. Well, reader, I did. It’s difficult to writeContinue reading “16th January – Silas Marner”

14th January – Taliesin

I am heading towards the end of Silas Marner by George Eliot. I appreciate this book a tremendous amount, but I doubt that in the days when this book was set, a single man would be able to keep and raise a very young girl who wandered into his house after her mother died inContinue reading “14th January – Taliesin”