December 26, 2004

Reading 12-26-4

      I finished Umberto Eco's Focault's Pendulum, which was an exciting, though rather information laden novel. It definately had a bunch of references to arcane fraternities (as that was kindof the plot of the book). Anyway, it was an interesting read, and it will be interesting to someday read The Bible Code, to see how much fiction he lifted from Eco.
     I finished Vol 1. of The Complete Works of Jonathan Edwards. That signifies that I am halfway through with reading Edwards. Some spectacular highlights were his sections on Religious Affections, Justification by Faith Alone, and the preface of the Humble Inquiry: Communion. The list of theological questions at the end of the volume was pretty impressive, also.
      For the upcoming reading, I will be delving into the second volume of Edwards. I also ordered the book Alamut by Vladimir Bartol, Trans. by Michael Biggins. It is the history of Hassan ibn Sabbah. From whom we get the words Assasin, and Hashish. What a colorful character! I have a few other books added to my reading list, that I have yet to acquire: Ivanhoe, Quentin Durward, The White Company, Sir Nigel, Treasure Island and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard.

Alamut is the first-ever English publication of Bartols near-forgotten masterpiece based on the life and legend of the original assassin, Ismaili leader Hasan ibn Sabbah. Revered by millions for his brilliance, and disdained by countless others for his suicide missions, Sabbah has inspired scores of writers throughout the centuries, including Rimbaud, Nerval, Borges and William Burroughs.

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