Tag Archives: France

Book Review: Songs In The Shade Of The Flamboyant Tree

Songs In The Shade Of The Flamboyant Tree:  French Creole Lullabies And Nursery Rhymes, collected by Chantal Grosléziat, arranged by Paul Mindy, and illustrated by Laurent Corvasier I have to admit that I found this collection of materials pretty pleasing … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Opera: Part 3

Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Opera: Part 3, instructed by Professor Robert Greenberg In most of the courses I have listened to in this particular professor’s series, all of which deal with music in the Western concert … Continue reading

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The Affair Of The Necklace

One of the lamentable ways that one can tell when a particular society has reached a state of terminal decline is when conspiracies and conspiracy theories no longer shock people but are considered to be a normal and acceptable.  We … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cracking The Egyptian Code

Cracking The Egyptian Code:  The Revolutionary Life Of Jean-François Champollion The study of the deciphering of various ancient languages has led me to understand all the more clearly that to decipher a past language is an act that requires a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Seeker Of Knowledge

Seeker Of Knowledge:  The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs, by James Rumford This book is a pleasant and surprisingly instructive children’s book on the life of Jean-Françios Champollion.  To be sure, there is some oversimplification here, as the author focuses … Continue reading

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Book Review: Great Books Of The Western World Vol. 38: Montesquieu / Rousseau

Great Books Of The Western World Vol. 38:  Montesquieu / Rosseau:  The Spirit Of The Laws, by Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu / On The Origin Of Inequality, On Political Economy, and The Social Contract, by Jean Jacques Rousseau … Continue reading

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Book Review: Letters To Sartre

Letters To Sartre, by Simone De Beauvoir, translated and edited by Quintin Hoare I am perhaps the wrong person to be reading a book like this.  Generally speaking, one reads the letters of others when one has an interest in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rashi

Rashi, by Elie Wiesel I must admit to having profound mixed feelings about this work.  Of course, Rashi is a figure I have some awareness of because of his importance as a commentator on the Midrash and Mishnah from medieval … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: The Birth Of The Modern Mind: The Intellectual History Of The 17th And 18th Centuries: Part II

Great Courses:  The Birth Of The Modern Mind:  The Intellectual History Of The 17th And 18th Centuries:  Part II, taught by Professor Alan Charles Kors Considering that I actually liked the first part of this course, I have to admit … Continue reading

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The Incompetent Pollsters Of New Caledonia

Although the attention of most of the people I happen to know this week was on the election here in the United States, about which I have little that I want to say, there was another momentous election that happened … Continue reading

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