Category Archives: 2015 Selections

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,800 times in 2015. If it were a … Continue reading

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An Absurdist and an Existentialist Walk Into a Bar

Albert Camus, The Stranger, originally published in French in 1942, English translation by Stuart Gilbert published by Vintage Books, New York in 1946 Kamil Daoud, The Mersault Investigation, originally published in French in 2013, English translation by John Cullen published … Continue reading

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Mohsen comments on December Book Discussion

I must first make a historical correction on comments made during our discussion by David S in regards of the French/Persian (Iran) relationship. Though today’s France is viewed with caution by the present Iranian Government, there has never been a … Continue reading

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December Discussion: The Meursault Investigation into The Stranger

We met on Thursday (December 3) to discuss two books selected by me: The Stranger by Albert Camus, originally published in French (L’Étranger) in 1942 [several English translations are available] AND The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud, originally published in … Continue reading

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Major Themes in Derek Walcott’s Omeros: IV. The Importance of Names of Things

[NOTE: All page number references are from the First Paperback edition of Omeros, published by Farrer, Straus and Giroux, 1992] In my previous posts on this topic I discussed three major themes I discovered while reading Omeros: I. Interconnectedness maintained … Continue reading

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Major Themes in Derek Walcott’s Omeros: III. What does the past leave to us?

[NOTE: All page number references are from the First Paperback edition of Omeros, published by Farrer, Straus and Giroux, 1992] In my previous posts on this topic I discussed two major themes I discovered while reading Omeros, I. Interconnectedness maintained … Continue reading

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Major Themes in Derek Walcott’s Omeros: II. The Swift Connects The New World to Africa

In my previous post on this topic I discussed one major theme I discovered while reading Omeros, an interconnectedness maintained by plant life. Here I will make a few comments about another connecting theme, The Swift Connects the New World … Continue reading

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Major Themes I discovered in Derek Walcott’s Omeros: I. Plant Life Interconnects Everything

I realize that it is probably a fool’s errand to try to state anything new or original about Derek Walcott’s Omeros, a book about which dozens of scholarly papers have been published in academic journals and hundreds of commentaries posted … Continue reading

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Translating Poetry into Prose in Omeros

The following is my attempt to translate into straightforward prose a part of a chapter in Derek Walcott’s “Omeros.” The original is Part III of Chapter XXXII. The question I wish to ask is what is it about the poetic … Continue reading

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November Selection: Omeros (1990) by Derek Walcott

I chose Omeros not only because it is one of my favorite books, but also because it offers something for everyone in the club. Some will want to analyze the poetry, others colonialism and history, others the allusions to the … Continue reading

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