I'm a sucker for retellings.
I love the creativity that they always bring, and Myth and Magic was no exception. The stories are all quick and full of love, lust, and steam! As with most anthologies, some stories are hit and miss. But there are so many gems in this! You cannot miss them. There are an array of stories that deal with a lot of different emotions, settings, and relationships. I found the title very inviting and the cover somehow adds to it's intriguing mischievousness. I love fairy tales and myths. However as a lesbian I am very aware that we have no queer fairy tales or myths of our own.
Evil becomes seductively fair, telling a story of its own. The Good has also a story of its own to disclose, but it is not the candidness you might expect. I found each story very carefully written, loaded not only with pleasing erotica at least for me but also with well placed, mind entertaining, humour, sarcasm and double sense. I started reading the book just before I left for the family holidays, so my reading was little and far in between but when I could, I sneaked my kindle out and happily shifted universe.
Just one recommendation: Read at your own risk ;. Some of the stories in here were damn good, and I wished a few times that romance was more to my taste because there are a few authors whose writing style and skill with words make me want to see more of what they can do. So when it does happen, especially when it intersects with another of my interests, I want to show support and spread the word. And there are some amazing stories to be found in Myth and Magic, too. With street brawls and confidence boosters. As for his arrival there, only he and three animals, the captain's dog and two cats, survive the shipwreck.
Overcoming his despair, he fetches arms, tools and other supplies from the ship before it breaks apart and sinks. He builds a fenced-in habitat near a cave which he excavates. By making marks in a wooden cross, he creates a calendar. By using tools salvaged from the ship, and some which he makes himself, he hunts, grows barley and rice, dries grapes to make raisins, learns to make pottery and raises goats.
He also adopts a small parrot.
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He reads the Bible and becomes religious, thanking God for his fate in which nothing is missing but human society. More years pass and Crusoe discovers native cannibals , who occasionally visit the island to kill and eat prisoners. At first he plans to kill them for committing an abomination but later realizes he has no right to do so, as the cannibals do not knowingly commit a crime.
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He dreams of obtaining one or two servants by freeing some prisoners; when a prisoner escapes, Crusoe helps him, naming his new companion " Friday " after the day of the week he appeared. Crusoe then teaches him English and converts him to Christianity.
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After more natives arrive to partake in a cannibal feast, Crusoe and Friday kill most of the natives and save two prisoners. One is Friday's father and the other is a Spaniard, who informs Crusoe about other Spaniards shipwrecked on the mainland. A plan is devised wherein the Spaniard would return to the mainland with Friday's father and bring back the others, build a ship, and sail to a Spanish port.
Before the Spaniards return, an English ship appears; mutineers have commandeered the vessel and intend to maroon their captain on the island. Crusoe and the ship's captain strike a deal in which Crusoe helps the captain and the loyal sailors retake the ship and leave the worst mutineers on the island. Before embarking for England, Crusoe shows the mutineers how he survived on the island and states that there will be more men coming. Crusoe leaves the island 19 December and arrives in England on 11 June He learns that his family believed him dead; as a result, he was left nothing in his father's will.
Crusoe departs for Lisbon to reclaim the profits of his estate in Brazil, which has granted him much wealth. In conclusion, he transports his wealth overland to England from Portugal to avoid travelling by sea. Friday accompanies him and, en route , they endure one last adventure together as they fight off famished wolves while crossing the Pyrenees. There were many stories of real-life castaways in Defoe's time. According to Tim Severin , "Daniel Defoe, a secretive man, neither confirmed or denied that Selkirk was the model for the hero of his book. Apparently written in six months or less, Robinson Crusoe was a publishing phenomenon.
The author of Crusoe's Island, Andrew Lambert states, "the ideas that a single, real Crusoe is a 'false premise' because Crusoe's story is a complex compound of all the other buccaneer survival stories. Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked while Selkirk decided to leave his ship thus marooning himself; the island Crusoe was shipwrecked on had already been inhabited, unlike the solitary nature of Selkirk's adventures. The last and most crucial difference between the two stories is Selkirk is a pirate, looting and raiding coastal cities.
He's an economic imperialist. He's creating a world of trade and profit. Ibn Tufail's Hayy ibn Yaqdhan is a twelfth-century philosophical novel also set on a desert island and translated into Latin and English a number of times in the half-century preceding Defoe's novel. Pedro Luis Serrano was a Spanish sailor who was marooned for seven or eight years in the sixteenth century on a small desert island after shipwrecking on a small island in the Caribbean off the coast of Nicaragua in s.
He had no access to fresh water and lived off the blood and flesh of sea turtles and birds. He was quite a celebrity when he returned to Europe and before passing away, he recorded the hardships suffered in documents that show the endless anguish and suffering, the product of absolute abandonment to his fate, now held in the General Archive of the Indies , in Seville.
It is very likely that Defoe heard his story, years old by then but still very popular, in one of his visits to Spain before becoming a writer. Tim Severin 's book Seeking Robinson Crusoe unravels a much wider and more plausible range of potential sources of inspiration, and concludes by identifying castaway surgeon Henry Pitman as the most likely. His short book about his desperate escape from a Caribbean penal colony, followed by his shipwrecking and subsequent desert island misadventures, was published by John Taylor of Paternoster Row , London, whose son William Taylor later published Defoe's novel.
Severin argues that since Pitman appears to have lived in the lodgings above the father's publishing house and that Defoe himself was a mercer in the area at the time, Defoe may have met Pitman in person and learned of his experiences first-hand, or possibly through submission of a draft. Arthur Wellesley Secord in his Studies in the Narrative Method of Defoe 21— analyses the composition of Robinson Crusoe and gives a list of possible sources of the story, rejecting the common theory that the story of Selkirk is Defoe's only source.
The book was published on 25 April Before the end of the year, this first volume had run through four editions. By the end of the nineteenth century, no book in the history of Western literature had more editions, spin-offs and translations even into languages such as Inuktitut , Coptic and Maltese than Robinson Crusoe , with more than such alternative versions, including children's versions with pictures and no text. The term " Robinsonade " was coined to describe the genre of stories similar to Robinson Crusoe.
It was intended to be the last part of his stories, according to the original title page of the sequel's first edition, but a third book, Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: With his Vision of the Angelick World , was written. Novelist James Joyce noted that the true symbol of the British Empire is Robinson Crusoe, to whom he ascribed stereotypical and somewhat hostile English racial characteristics: "He is the true prototype of the British colonist.
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The whole Anglo-Saxon spirit in Crusoe: the manly independence, the unconscious cruelty, the persistence, the slow yet efficient intelligence, the sexual apathy, the calculating taciturnity. This is achieved through the use of European technology, agriculture and even a rudimentary political hierarchy. Several times in the novel Crusoe refers to himself as the "king" of the island, whilst the captain describes him as the "governor" to the mutineers.
At the very end of the novel the island is explicitly referred to as a "colony". The idealised master-servant relationship Defoe depicts between Crusoe and Friday can also be seen in terms of cultural imperialism.
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Crusoe represents the "enlightened" European whilst Friday is the "savage" who can only be redeemed from his barbarous way of life through assimilation into Crusoe's culture. Nonetheless Defoe also takes the opportunity to criticise the historic Spanish conquest of South America. According to J. Hunter, Robinson is not a hero but an everyman. He begins as a wanderer, aimless on a sea he does not understand, and ends as a pilgrim , crossing a final mountain to enter the promised land.
avion-ltd.ru/mambots The book tells the story of how Robinson becomes closer to God, not through listening to sermons in a church but through spending time alone amongst nature with only a Bible to read. Conversely, cultural critic and literary scholar Michael Gurnow views the novel from a Rousseauian perspective. Robinson Crusoe is filled with religious aspects. I know women are horn dogs too and just require a bit more mental stimulation than men are often willing to give.
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