TREASURE ISLAND: Epic

Woot Hoot!

No more pirate tropes, probably, for the rest of self’s life!

Seriously, what a great novel. It only started to drag in the last 10 pages. She lost interest the moment the focus shifted to finding the buried treasure.

Self doesn’t give a fig for buried treasure! (Stevenson himself probably wasn’t that interested, or why would he have waited until the very last dozen or so pages to focus on it?)

Now to Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey, which is a big, fat, heavy book and is sure to cause self much wrist, elbow, and shoulder pain (Whatever book she is currently reading gets toted around everywhere. And she does mean everywhere: to the movie theater, to the post office, to the library, etc). The Introduction helpfully informs the reader that the work is over 12,000 lines long.

From the book jacket:

  • The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.

Onward!

Stay tuned.

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