2021 Reading Challenge – Week 9 – A Little Observation

The less time I spend reading, the less stuff I have to write about. Seems pretty obvious, I know! I’ve wanted to keep writing reviews of cafes in Seattle, but have been trying to manage my money better, and also just keep going to different boba places lately! It doesn’t seem fair to write a review of a place until I’ve been there a couple of times, at least. (I tried a new place the other day and they accidentally made my drink a large! Yay!)

Week 9 Reading List

Yum!

So….I haven’t finished any books this week. But I’ve been reading several! Which is exactly why I haven’t finished any. I mean shoot, if I spent all the time this week that I’ve spent reading on just one book instead of 3, I’m sure I would have finished it by now, ya know?

That being said, I finished reading a poem. Kaddish, by Allen Ginsberg, was such good poem, and had me in tears more than a few times! I can’t wait to read the rest of the poems in the collection I have. As for the books I’ve been reading this week:

  • Kaddish and other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
  • Six Summers in Paris 1789-1794 by John Fisher
  • The Nature of Greek Myths by G.S. Kirk
Starbucks offered me a free drink coupon, so I just ~had~ to go!

Kaddish, if you don’t already know, is the name of several Jewish prayers. Of the kaddishim (plural of kaddish), one of the most well known is the Mourner’s Kaddish, which is recited at various points in time throughout the mourning process after a person dies. Ginsberg’s Kaddish for Naomi(1894-1956) is visceral and full of questions, often being called one of his greatest works.

You can read it for free here.

All 3 of these books have titles that are pretty self explanatory, but only if you know what a kaddish is, or if you know the significance of the years 1789-1794 in Paris. What is that significance, exactly?

Revolution

Six Summers in Paris 1789-1794 by John Fisher is about the French Revolution! It’s funny reading about the parallels between then and now. Leading up to the Revolution, there were rumors of brigands going from city to city, looting and burning everything in sight. These brigands were said to be paid by royalists as a part of a conspiracy for the elite to maintain their hold on power. Sound familiar?

Known as la Grande Peur, these rumors were, of course, unfounded fear-mongering meant to prevent the people from rising up and joining in on the Revolution. La Grande Peur, or the Great Fear, only lead to more peasant uprisings against the aristocracy, and played a great part in the abolition of the feudal system.

Read more about the Great Fear here. Oh, and don’t forget that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it!

As for The Nature of Greek Myths by G.S. Kirk, it really is exactly what it sounds like. I’ll keep you updated on my progress with these books! In the meantime, I highly recommend looking into the Great Fear of the French Revolution. Seriously, the parallels between then and now are worth the time to research.

Also, it’s just neat!


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