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A Novel Book Club Recommendation from Carol

Posted on April 26, 2007 in the Uncategorized category

I met the coolest chick a few years ago – Carol – who LOVES to read, like me! She is Sonya’s friend (everyone knows Sonya but, if you dont – click here: – she is Lady S the second).

Anyhoo – Carol gave me some awesome recommendations – Thanks, Carol –

Okay, go to it and keep those cards and letters coming…….

-Cassandra by Christa Wolf
In this volume, the distinguished East German writer
Christa Wolf retells the story of the fall of Troy,
but from the point of view of the woman whose
visionary powers earned her contempt and scorn.
Written as a result of the author’s Greek travels and
studies, Cassandra speaks to us in a pressing
monologue whose inner focal points are patriarchy and
war. In the four accompanying pieces, which take the
form of travel reports, journal entries, and a letter,
Wolf describes the novel’s genesis. Incisive and
intelligent, the entire volume represents an urgent
call to examine the past in order to insure a future.

-all the poetry by Odysseus Elytis (sometimes spelled
Odysseas); best is translated by Kimon Friar but it
tends to be out of print & hard to come by (but so
worth the search!)

And from Amazon:
Despite having won the Nobel Prize for Literature in
1979, Odysseus Elytis–probably the greatest Greek
poet of the 20th century–remained an obscure figure
to the English-reading world. But with this posthumous
edition (Elytis died in 1996 at the age of 84),
translators Jeffrey Carson and Nikos Sarris have given
English-reading poetry lovers a chance to discover
what all the fuss was about. Elytis’s poems are
passionate and subtle, rich with Greek history and
myth, yet are also thoroughly modern in their
sensibility. Any excerpt from a lifetime’s worth of
work is inadequate, but these lines from “Verb the
Dark” give you a taste of Elytis’s depth: “So then,
what we called ‘sky’ is not; ‘love’ is not; ‘eternal’
is not. Things do not / Obey their names.”


3 Responses to “A Novel Book Club Recommendation from Carol”

  1. Carol on April 26th, 2007 4:57 pm

    I’ve never been quoted in print before–what an honor and by someone who loves books as much as I do!

  2. Sonya on April 26th, 2007 5:33 pm

    You are great! I don’t read anything but survival handbooks and technology magazines but I’m sure someone will love these links… meanwhile know that I love you guys lots!

  3. Carol on August 26th, 2007 9:17 pm

    Kristin, I wish we had the chance to catch up today at the party…but don’t forget to check out the trilogy by John Burdett (Bangkok 8, …Tattoo and …Haunts). If you have read Cassandra, you may also enjoy The Birth of Venus and the feminine take on Camelot by Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon. Enjoy and pass along any reco’s from your literary forays, too! Bisous–Carol

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