By Jack Murnighan
Consider undesirable approximately now not examining or now not having fun with the so-called nice books? Don’t sweat it, it’s no longer your fault. Did an individual let you know that Anna Karenina is a seashore learn, that Dickens is hilarious, that the Iliad’s conflict scenes rival Hollywood’s for gore, or that Joyce is at his top while he’s conversing approximately booze, intercourse, or organ meats?
Writer and professor Jack Murnighan says it’s time to provide literature one other glance, yet this time you’ll get pleasure from your self. With a bit support, you’ll see simply how nice the nice books are: how they could make you snigger, moisten your eyes, flip you on, and go away you awestruck and deeply moved. Beowulf at the Beach is your box guide–erudite, witty, and fun-loving–for aiding you learn and take pleasure in fifty of the most important (and so much skipped) classics of all time. for every ebook, Murnighan unearths how you can get the main from your interpreting and offers a crib sheet that incorporates the excitement, the simplest Line, What’s horny, and What to pass.
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This form of engagement never goes on and on, with blah here and blah there, when specific, pointed action can be so m u c h more satisfying. O f course, I may never be able to persuade old-fashioned judges and profit-minded publishers that the brief encounter, literature-wise, is worth exploring, savoring even, but I can still try. In this essay, I have identified a few pleasures particular to the genre. 1. When it's over, you long for more. Compare this feeling with that of the "sustained" experience, where you often find yourself thinking, "Well, that was nice, but way too long.
It hung in our garage, my mother's Buick pinning some dervish. "That's a bit frightening, dear," said Sister Ana Maria, before she brightened. She was no enemy of the morbid. " My hell won its A. Sister Ana Maria, a native of Barcelona, was a Carmelite Sister of Charity, which might have remained a cloistered order had not the Spanish Civil War caused it to relocate in northern California, where the nuns' penance was to teach school, and where they continued filtering long after the republican victory.
The mind that writes short stories is a worrying mind. Why did something happen the way it happened? Who was to blame? What forces forced the people to act as they did? Why did my mother rage at my father for helping his sisters move their furniture? Why was my aunt in love with my father? ) Why did my grandmother tell me that God could see everything I did, so I'd better be good? All of these questions were embedded in my being from the start of consciousness, and it seemed to me if I thought hard enough, I could find the answers to them.