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Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

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East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



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After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
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All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
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All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Boethius: Consolation of Philosophy (In Plain American English)



 

BOOK ONE —The Poet’s sorrows

Chapter 1 — Philosophy appears to Boethius

While I was thus quietly pondering within myself, and writing my sorrowful plaints with my pen, it seemed to me that above my head a woman appeared.
Her face was exceeding venerable, her eyes bright as fire, and of a more than human distinction, her complexion was lively, vigorous, with no trace of enfeeblement. Though her years were rightful, she plainly seemed not of our age and time.
Her height was difficult to judge. At one moment it exceeded not the common height, at another her forehead seemed to strike the sky; and whenever she raised her head higher, she began to pierce within the very heavens, and to baffle the eyes that looked upon her.
Her garments were of an imperishable fabric, wrought with the finest threads and of the most delicate workmanship; and these, as her own lips afterwards assured me, she had herself woven with her own hands.
The beauty of her clothes had been somewhat tarnished by age and neglect, taking on that dingy look which marble contracts from exposure. On the lower­most edge was embroidered the Greek letter II, on the topmost the letter 0[i], and between the two were to be seen steps, like a staircase, from the lower to the upper letter. This robe, moreover, had been torn by the hands of violent persons, who had each snatched away what he could clutch.[ii]
Her right hand held a notebook; in her left she bore a staff. And when she saw the Muses of Poetry standing by my bedside, dic­tating the words of my laments, she was moved to wrath, her eyes flashing sternly.
“Who,” said she, “has allowed you play­acting wenches to approach this sick man—these who, far from giving medicine to heal his malady, feed him with sweet poison? These are what kill the rich crop of reason with the barren thorns of passion, who accustom men’s minds to disease, instead of setting them free. Now, were this man some common man whom your allurements were seducing, as is usually your way, I should be less indignant. On such a man I will not spend my pains. But this is one nurtured in the Eleatic and Academic philosophies. Nay, get going you sirens, whose sweetness lasts not. Leave him for my muses to tend and heal!”
At these words of rebuke, the whole band, in deep sadness, downcast eyes, and blushes that confessed their shame, miserably left the chamber.
Because my sight was dimmed with much weeping, I could not tell who this woman of authority so commanding was. I was dumbfounded. With my gaze fastened on the earth, I silently awaited to see what she might do next.
Drawing near me and sat on the edge of my couch, and, looking into my face all heavy with grief and fixed in sadness on the ground, she scolded me for the disorder of my mind, uttering these words:


[i] Π and Θ are the first letters of the Greek words denoting ‘practical’ and ‘theoretical,’ the two divisions of philosophy.

[ii] Allusion to the Stoic, Epicurean, and other philosophical sects, which Boethius
regards as heterodox

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