Vernicious Knids

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Monday, August 21, 2006

"Gossip is the creation of civilisation"

The relentless humidity continues but luckily I've had some welcome company. Three intriguing characters; Manlius Hippomanes, a philosopher in the final days of the Roman Empire, Olivier De Noyens, a medieval poet during the years of the Black Plague, and Julien Barneuve, living in Vichy France. One text links their stories, The Dream of Scipio:

It's a clever novel with some interesting points to make about civilisation and our failure to live civilly, not only today, but in every age.

"Do you think that the peace of a thousand cancels out the unjust death of one single person?" (Pears, 2002:389)

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  • At 1:13 am, Blogger Carolyn said…

    I know how we can live civilly. Lock all the men up and put the women in charge. LOL

    I'd better add that I'm kidding in case I offend male readers.

    Just kidding, really.

  • At 1:33 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    You may just have something there Carolyn ;)

  • At 5:58 am, Blogger Bearette24 said…


  • At 12:18 pm, Blogger Stepherz said…

    There is some truth to that. But I bet there is a female scientist that is helping to create the next biological weapon right now, somewhere out there. And she may even be a mother. Who knows?

    Anyhow, it does sound like an interesting book. Perhaps one we could learn a bit by reading...

  • At 5:51 am, Blogger My float said…

    Definitely - as long as the person who dies an unjust death isn't me or anyone I know!

  • At 2:28 pm, Blogger MsCellania said…

    Is he the Instance of the Fingerpost author?! That was a difficult read, but a good one.

    Gosh, I get the best ideas for new reads amongst you Bookies!

  • At 11:24 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Carolyn & Bearette: Isn't it interesting how no men have commented on this thread :D

    Stepherz: It definitely makes you think...and I've always believed that to be a good thing. You are probably right about the weapons thing...unfortunately :(

    MF: It's such a tough question, each time I think about it I change my mind.

    Vickee: Yes he is! This was another "difficult" read, but enjoyable nonetheless. (And I am most definitely a bookie!)

  • At 10:55 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Peace of 1000 is better


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