I'm back to find another book by the same author. I found it extremely enjoyable and easy listening. Barbara's being caught up in the chaos theory and looking at many things througout the book with fractals in mind makes her believeable as a problem solver. It's not James Joyce's Ulysses, but then that isn't the sort of thing one reads just for good clean fun. On the other hand, it might be fun to look at the book with the chaos theory and fractals as its basis. Why not try it?
How and why this book was even published is beyond my wildest imaginings. Aside from the fact that it is poorly written, amateurish and infantile, the twisting and distortion of Classical Mythology is unforgivable. Granted that there are several different versions of the myth of Theseus and Ariadne. In none of them does the mortal half sister of the Minotaur have the power to cause the death of the immortal gods. In no version of the myth does Thesues behave in a manner less than heroic. On Naxos, Ariadne, not pregnant, joins with the Maenaads in their drugged, drunken worship of Dionysis. In one version of the myth, Theseus discovers the severed genitalia of a human male in the bloodied hands of Ariadne. One might suggest that the would be author of this literary catastrophe do the necessary research before embarking upon an overly ambitious restructuring of the religion of the Ancient Greeks. This disaster offends me deeply.
This book is an exerpt of a Romance Epic written in Italian by Ludovico Ariosto (1474 - 1533). It is called Orlando Furioso (Orlando Enraged), first published in 1516. The portion here at Audible, Bradamant, is close to the tanslation by William Stewart Rose (London, 1910). That is not my favorite translation, and Ron Miller has made it much more enjoyable for us. If one listens to it, just for the naughty spirit of it, and suspends his disbelief, it is good fun. Ron Miller has succeeded in giving us a version that is much more to our modern day tastes.
There was a young gentleman at the court of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir John Harrington who translated one of the bawdiest sections of Orlando Furioso, for which Elizabeth banished him from court, having given him the task of translating the entire book. It took him four years, at the end of which he was welcomed back into Elizabeth's Court. Elizabeth read fluent Italian. She saw the wit and talent of Harrington and by "punishing" him in requiring the full translation, she did a great service to Harrington and those of us who can still enjoy his witty version today.
A. Bartlett Giamatti, the former Commissioner of Baseball. did a third translation of Orlando Furioso that is more to the taste of the modern reader. Baseball and a translation of Orlando Furioso from the Italian? You bet! Before Giametti became involved with baseball, he was one of the great scholars of Renaissance Literature. If you don't believe me, check it out.
Now, I'd suggest that you try listening to Bradamant again with all that in mind. If you just take it in the spirit of fun as was originally intended five hundred years ago, you might get into the swing of it and want to try reading more of the original in either the Harrington or the Giametti translation.
General Clark's speech, given from the heart, stirs the heart of the listener. Typical of the General, his love of flag and passion for country stirs feelings of patriotism within the listener, regardless of party affiliation. This former Supreme Allied Commander of Nato won the war in Kosovo without the loss of a single American life. Within his speech one hears his deep respect for our troops. Former Governor of New York, Mario Cuomo describes General Clark as follows:
"Wes Clark is a man of whom you can ask a question, and he will look you directly in the eye, and give you the most truthful and complete answer you can imagine. You will know the absolute truth of the statement as well as the thought process behind the answer. You will have no doubt as to the intellect of the speaker and meaning of the answer to this question.... So you can see, as a politician, he has a lot to learn." Possibly, Governor Cuomo was explaining why the General is not our Democratic candidate for the presidency of the United States. The sincerity of the General can be heard clearly in this fine speech.
Rude, crude and mindless. This is not the sort of thing that would interest anyone who loves books. It is mind numbing and directed toward people who need someone to tell them what to think. Of course, it could be listed as fiction.
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