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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Still refining the book situation for the road trip. While I enjoy the writings of C.S. Lewis and Nathanial Hawthorne, I am fairly certain I will be replacing those three wonderful selections of myths with this one fabulous text. Not just for convenience sake either. This "Search Inside" snippet, a part of "Prometheus and Pandora" from Bulfinch's Mythology caught my imagination:

Next came the Brazen Age, more savage of temper, and readier to the strife of arms, yet not altogether wicked. The hardest and worst was the Iron Age. Crime burst in like a flood; modesty, truth, and honour fled. In their places came fraud and cunning, violence, and the wicked love of gain. Then seamen spread sails to the wind, and the trees were torn from the mountains to serve for keels to ships, and vex the face of the ocean. The earth, which till now had been cultivated in common, began to be divided off into possessions. Men were not satisfied with what the surface produced , but must dig into its bowels, and draw forth from thence the ores of metals. Mischievous iron, and more mischievous gold, were produced. War sprang up, using both as weapons; the guest was not safe in his friend's house; and sons-in-law and fathers-in-law, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, could not trust one another. Sons wished their fathers dead, that they might come to the inheritance; family love lay prostrate. The earth was wet with slaughter, and the gods abandoned it, one by one, till Astraea alone was left, and finally she also took her departure.

I realized after about the fifth time I hit the "Surprise Me!" link, that this was a book I wanted to read.

Be sure to take a look at the Table of Contents. Awesome, huh?

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