December 19, 2012

12 Day Book Give Away - Day #1 - Classics Old and Older

Each day between tomorrow and the end of the year, I'll be giving away a group of books from my library. These are all used but in generally readable condition. Some may contain underlining. I don't necessarily endorse the content in any of these books, but they have all been useful in one way or another.

How to Win

Enter a comment below on why these books would interest you. Entries will be accepted until the end of the day today. I'll select one person at random to be the winner and they will receive all of the books listed for the day. If no one wants them they will be donated. The drawing is only open to US residents.

Day #1

Iliad by Homer. Translated by Stanley Lombardo

From the NY Times: "It's tempting to think of the cover of Stanley Lombardo's gripping new translation of the ''Iliad'' -- a rather elegant black-and-white photograph of Allied soldiers fanning out onto a bleak Normandy beach on D-Day -- as a gimmick, a superficial attempt on the publisher's part to make the West's oldest and most authoritative verse composition seem more ''relevant.'' Resist that temptation. The grimly beautiful outside of this ''Iliad'' is in every way an apt symbol for what lies within. Dispensing with strict literalness, yet always conscious of the poem's overarching theme of heroism and its bloody consequences, Lombardo manages to be respectful of Homer's dire spirit while providing on nearly every page some wonderfully fresh refashioning of his Greek. The result is a vivid and sometimes disarmingly hard-bitten reworking of a great classic."

MacBeth by William Shakespeare

From Wikipedia: "Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. His reign is racked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath swiftly takes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into realms of arrogance, madness, and death."

Does it really need an explanation?

The Karamazov Brothers by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

This is one of my favorite novels. J.I. Packer writes: "Dostoyevsky is to me  both the greatest novelist, as such, and the greatest Christian storyteller, in particular, of all time. His plots and characters pin­point the sublimity, perversity, meanness, and misery of fallen human adult­hood in an archetypal way matched only by Aeschylus and Shakespeare, while his dramatic vision of God’s amazing grace and of the agonies, Christ’s and ours, that accompany salvation, has a range and depth that only Dante and Bunyan come anywhere near. Dostoyevsky’s immediate frame of reference is Eastern Orthodoxy and the cultural turmoil of nineteenth-century Russia, but his constant theme is the nightmare quality of unredeemed existence and the heartbreaking glory of the incarnation, whereby all human hurts came to ind their place in the living and dying of Christ the risen Redeemer...If it makes you weep and worship, you will better for it. If it does not, that will show that you have not yet seen what you are looking at, and you will be wise to read the book again." (The Gospel in Dostoyevsky, v.)

A great writer writing about reading. "Living by Fiction is written for--and dedicated to--people who love literature. Dealing with writers such as Nabokov, Barth, Coover, Pynchon, Borges, García Márquez, Beckett, and Calvino, Annie Dillard shows why fiction matters and how it can reveal more of the modern world and modern thinking than all the academic sciences combined. Like Joyce Cary's Art and Reality, this is a book by a writer on the issues raised by the art of literature. Readers of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and Holy the Firm will recognize Dillard's vivid writing, her humor, and the lively way in which she tackles the urgent questions of meaning in experience itself."


slb3334 said...

I love to read.

Sunnyvale said...

These are classics, I'd love to have any one of them in my library.

Joshua said...

All great books. Dostoyevsky's novel and Living by Fiction particularly.

susan1215 said...

Sounds great, I love to read

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aricka said...

I was a lit major in my youth and have recently gone back to reread many of the classics I read waaay back then. I have found it amazing how my understanding of these great works and thier impact on my life has changed with life experience and so these would be wonderful to read or reread.

wisconsin rapids said...

wonderful works of art. I would love to read these and then pass them on to my retired father.

laurasloves said...

These books interest me as they are classics and I have to admit that I have not read them all. I love to read and these are exactly the kind I enjoy the most.

lilac said...

I love the classics and amalways looking to expand my library

Heather Turner said...

They remind me of being a student. I have a nice library and they will look great on my shelves.

Jacob said...

Congratulations, Susan1215! Your name was drawn as the Day 1 winner. I'll contact you via e-mail to find out where to ship the books.