I could only get through the first chapter before setting this down. It has flowery awkward old English which I will avoid from now on.
A dying guy writes about how awesome he had it, and gives advice to his children.
It takes almost half of the book to mine more than two interesting points. It is a glaring reminder of how important it is to have a solid first chapter. Instead, chapter after chapter this book keeps promising something interesting, forcing the reader to cling to the "I'm dying" parts to hope for something better.
For people who stick it out, there is a lot of fluff which I was able to trivially summarize with two pages of bullet points. That's nothing to sneeze at, so I suppose this is worth reading for some, though I won't recommend it.
- A continuation of his lecture Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.
An man works to undermine his brother's happiness by meddling with his son's marriage. Also two smart people dual with words.
A pretty good book, though my reading of the Signet Classic was seriously interrupted by footnotes. Not because of the shifting up/down to read them, but because the footnotes are crammed all together. Given that this book is 1/4 commentary, axing one for clearer footnotes would have been amazing. Maybe another edition will be better. I intend to collect many of this particular play.
I highly recommend Much Ado About Nothing - (1993 movie), even for those who have no interest in this book.
A spoiled little girl loses her rich parents and is sent away to live with her reclusive heartbroken (rich) relative.
The story is fairly awful to me, though I can see how this was popular at the time. It has definitely aged, not just in its period but in its language and writing style.
I'll class this as "liked", but I only see this as being good for historical reasons and wouldn't recommend it. I'll also class this as child-friendly, except it's child-friendly in its context: A parent reading to their child in the early 1900s.
NOTE - My cover is different - TODO - photograph it
An extraordinary tactician and swordsman had a late-life crisis and retired into monkhood. Over time, he allowed a scribe to record advice from his experience. Though meant to be extremely-selectively passed-on, it ultimately found itself in the hands of enough to survive to today. It is a book on the martial use of the sword, the way of swords, and the Way.
My edition of this book has an unfortunately-shiny fabric-hardcover, with glossy full-colour pages with photographs which give it an impression of high quality. It even has an integrated ribbon bookmark.
- Translated by David K. Groff
- 五輪書 (Go Rin No Sho) in the Japanese language.
- Miyamoto Musashi
- 2012-05-01 (third edition)
- ISBN-10 178028120X
- ISBN-13 978-1-78028-120-9
Some years ago, I also read A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy, translated by Victor Harris (1982)
A tactically-minded man creates an instruction manual for action and understanding in the realm of high-lords of kingdoms.
At under 70 pages, this book may be thin but it's incredibly dense. I found myself reading paragraphs three times before moving on. Although nothing in it surprised me, I can still easily recommend it. It's been, somehow, given a bad name. I only found a slight tinge of "evil" creeping in at about the half-way mark, but nothing inexcusable.
I understood it well enough to add strong commentary, and to give much improved explanation in the latter half which draws from the former. It's interesting to me that the author himself didn't catch on to the trends in his own advice.
Like The Art of War - (~476 BC book), by Sunzi, people have interpreted this text for all manner of uses such as the business world.
- 1910 translation by N. H. Thompson
- Originally published in Volume 36 of The Harvard Classics.
- Niccolò Machiavelli
A book on Bushido, the old way of the samurai, as created in conversation with an old master-turned-monk.
In a time when the others were softening up, a samurai who had lost his master and left to live in a monastery spoke in hushed tones to a friend about the old ways he grew up in. Although he and others insisted the manuscripts be burned, the promises were broken when they were kept secret. They would be later compiled and published, and even later translated from its original Japanese.
A particularly interesting book. Although most of it is definitely not directly-applicable today, I think anyone who already has a sufficient "wisdom" (whatever that means) will find bits and pieces of insight.
- Properly titled Bushido - The Way of the Samurai
The author works to sell the notion of propaganda as a skill and service, inventing what is best described as "ethical propaganda". He used this to manufacture his relevancy and sell his career. This book is particularly interesting in that the author and what he writes can itself be understood by what is written. The teaching can be used on itself.
Its first half is boring as hell to me, but I guess it would have been fascinating back then. A little after the half-way point it has grown very dark, talking about leaders instead of elected officials and manipulation instead of representation.
It does show its age in a number of places, but its stories are trivially generalizable.
So far I guess I'd put this on an intellectual's book shelf, though it all seems obvious and not even particularly collectible. I'm not sure if it would "red pill" an everyday person or even be interesting to one.
Collections of science fiction short stories, curated by.. people I don't know and who have no authority in my mind. They came into being pre-internet and still cling to relevancy.
I was excited to find these, but their stories are hit-and-miss.
An father takes his kid on a motorcycle road-trip across the United States, and recalls his past life, when he was insane, and the philosophies he had drowned in.
A terrible book, full stop.
- Properly titled Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
- ISBN 9-780688-002305
- See also http://www.robertpirsig.org/
Earlier I had read ISBN-10 0553277472