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Judging from other Graves works, I expected this book to be too dreamy and serious for its own good I was astonished to see that I was wrong The story flows without the reader even noticing it, and the writing is playful I read it in one sitting and was thirsty for.With this book, Graves is coming back to the his favourite theme of the Goddess and dreams of a Utopia without wars, money and crime An attractive perspective, but, like every other Utopia, it s too good to be true, and the protagonist knows it. Alice in Wonderland gone wrong. I don t often read the blurb on the back of a book before reading because, if I trust a recommendation to read a book in the first place, then I prefer to know as little as possible about it in advance However, I didn t pick this up on a recommendation rather I stumbled upon it in a library Too often the blurb on the back can throw spoilers at you that I would rather avoid but that was not the case this time, quite the opposite It lead me to expect something rather different from what I got Quite misleading in fact While reading a book with inappropriate expectations is not as annoying as accidentally encountering spoilers, in this case it proved rather annoying as the story was far less interesting that the blurb on the back led me to believe it would be And I m not sure if I can discuss here exactly why that was the case without committing the cardinal sin of revealing spoilersIt was an interesting enough premise and the developments of the story maintained my interest until the end but I couldn t help feeling that it unfolded strangely and petered out by the conclusion, in which I was less than impressed I m not really sure that I understand what the author was trying to say A peculiar religious and utopian vision that, despite the protagonist s scepticism, I felt the author was trying very hard to sell to the reader.I doubt I ll seek out anything else by this admittedly well renowned author. Yeah, this one sucks.So I read this because it s a friend of mine s favourite book and I honestly cannot comprehend how or why This is the kind of book that would never, ever get published if it had been written nowadays It s basically just a fuckfest of symbolism, metaphors, and social criticisms all mixed in with a bunch of misogyny, borderline pedophilia, homophobia, transphobia, and obnoxiously bad writing.I have to admit that I was interested at first because it starts off with a bunch of worldbuilding as our main character, Edward a poet from the past Venn Thomas is introduced to New Crete and the people that take him there through some weird evocation explain how the society works and how it came to be That was slightly interesting, although kinda boring and unnecessary But then came the plot emphasis on the quotation marks which barely exists Turns out, Edward was taken to New Crete by their goddess because the new cretans have become too comfortable with their perfect lives and they need some chaos to wake up But even though this is an interesting concept, it s so badly executed that it hurts.There s a bunch of references to gay men and trans men being freaks and mistakes and errors at the end there s a ballet and one of the scenes in it includes a group of Perverts yes, they re called that that dance maniacally and are described as being men who like to do womenly things like sowing and want to be women but they re also incredibly sacred because they want to be close to the goddess and the men in the theatre get extremely uncomfortable with their presence like wtf did I really read that.So, all in all, terrible book, don t bother reading it There are many many better books that deal with these topics Save yourself the trouble. ( DOWNLOAD EPUB ) ♩ Seven Days in New Crete ♸ In Una Lettera A James Reeves Del Maggio Graves Chiaro Sul Senso Di Sette Giorni Fra Mille Anni Riguarda Il Problema Del Male Quanto Male Necessario Per Una Buona Vita Nel Mondo Di Nuova Creta, Che Capitolo Dopo Capitolo Diventa Per Graves Sempre Meno Accettabile, Il Problema Che C Sempre Una Nostalgia Del Male , Come Scrive, In Un Altra Lettera, Quand A Un Terzo Della Stesura Se L Utopia Scientifica Il Bersaglio Di Huxley Nel Mondo Nuovo E Quella Comunista L Obiettivo Di Orwell In , Forse Non C Un Bersaglio Di Questa Distopia Che Non Sia Proprio L Utopia Il Vero Male Sta Nell Immaginare Che I Problemi Si Risolvano Solo Il Passato Elargisce Futuro Solo Il Dolore Crea A E Solo La Sventura Regala Saggezza Senza Il Male Non C Poesia Lo Scrittore Un Seme Di Dolore, Che Dona Al Lettore Un Raccolto Di Dolore, Facendogli Coltivare Cos Saggezza E A
This is a profoundly stupid book The problem, that is, the thing that makes it so stupid, is that Robert Graves, as will be well known to anyone who has ploughed their way through The White Goddess or any of his other extraordinary Goddess influenced works, was a man of strong convictions, who had no use for any form of reason, doubt or introspection And so, in this book, which purports to be yet another in the series of literary anti utopians, what strikes one most is not the reflected critique of contemporary society, or of the ideals of some in contemporary society, but Graves extraordinary assumptions, which are unapologetically on display for all to see.Thus we learn that it is natural that the common herd of humanity are inferior beings, unfitted to governing themselves or anything else Indeed, it is clear that Graves sees that most ordinary people are simply sub human, and have to be managed by their betters, simply for their own good Moreover, their opinions and tastes are utterly worthless So, Graves tells us repeatedly and tediously that the scholar, the scientist, the doctor, the politician, the businessman, all of them are the enemies of humanity, for they wish only to destroy the human in order to further their goal of increasing their already overly great knowledge or killing people doctors and politicians or making money the businessmen In fact he might be a fashionable anti capitalist, especially as he suffers from the same failing of not gathering that one cannot become a rich captain of industry without plenty of people well enough off to buy things from you But then, Graves, like your anti capitalist, would argue that economics is a science, and so fundamentally anti human, and so it doesn t matter if his beliefs contradict it And what is so great about his beliefs that they are insusceptible to any form of criticism Simple He is a poet As a poet, he naturally speaks for the soul of humanity, and knows truth This is undoubted and unquestionable After all, why do the monstrous followers of empiricism allow poets to continue to exist Because, he tells us, they know that without poets to show them the way, people would simply curl up and die For poets know truth and bring life Of course, poets, at least Gravesian poets, must be careful what they write You can t just call any old text in rhyming couplets poetry Apparently true poetry, by its nature, must be above the commons yes, we re back to them , even incomprehensible to them, for if they could appreciate it, then it must, by necessity, be so degraded that it is not truth One is forcibly reminded of the curious phase in Graves life when he and Laura Riding started what was essentially a cult devoted to worshipping them and their utterly esoteric poetry.So, there is a natural division of society, with poets and fantasists on top, and thinkers and workers o the bottom What else does Graves have to teach us Oh many things Many splendid things For example, in a long and utterly ludicrous debate on the nature of love, and its higher forms which is startlingly reminscent of Barbarella s dismissal of making love the old fashioned way , Graves makes it clear when when he loves a woman, he does not love her, but an image of her that he conceives in his head, and which need have no connection to the actual woman undergoing his attentions So he objectifies women, and he makes it clear that this is right and proper and the way things should be We learn that the lower orders make his life miserable with their talk and their radio sets, and it would be much better if they were constrained in appropriate awe of their elders and betters For the different classes of society have nothing in common, and must be separated, for the good of all Or at least so the top caste tells the others And we learn that real education consists of rote learning of what else poems.And so that s it There s no plot Just this rather nasty sociology, mingled with a depressingly large amount of Graves highly contentious views about the Goddess Oddly, what worked rather well in his pre Hellenic fantasy The Golden Fleece fails utterly in a rather preach dystopia Unfortunately, it is Graves the maker of myths he was, after all, a founder member of what has since become the Blackadder school of history who is on display here, and not the deftly brilliant author of I Claudius Then Graves considered I Claudius a pot boiler aimed at the commons books like this were, he believed, his true art. The plot, insofar as it matters A 20th century poet is whisked into the future which values poets and learns about their society.Apparently a rule of thumb is that one ought to read 50 pages before abandoning a book and the equivalent of your age, I m told, if you re older than 50 And I certainly read 50 pages before returning this to the library, even after being a bit put out at the rather casual condemnation of homosexuals this society puts them to death and the comparison with two headed calves I m a big boy, I can handle these things, especially from a 1949 book where perhaps the protagonist doesn t agree with this this utopia s new norms and will launch a save the homosexuals campaign on page 110 he probably won t, but I don t know, I gave up around page 80.For almost all of the first third of this book it s a description in dialogue of the dullest exposition imaginable, about the workings of this future society It s the sort of thing that even the most workmanlike of today s writers would realise should be kept in the background while interesting matters like plot and characterization take the foreground these days one does the world building, but we make it subtext, not text It really was painful reminded me of an absurd class assignment I did in grade 9 where I imagined what might happen if the Vikings had persisted in North America, and then wrote up an elaborate alternate history of events nobody needs to read that The writing was not delectable enough to enjoy the book purely in terms of the felicity of word choice and phraseology, the society not interesting enough to want to read about it and yet , much , is given , and the characters, such as they are, not compelling or even realistic enough to warrant any empathy or identification One might as well call them man, young woman, and woman that s as exciting as they get.This could be one of those works which was unusual or groundbreaking in some respects during its original publication though I can t imagine what those would be , but it s definitely not a classic like, say, The Hobbit, which has lost none of its charm, or Titus Groan, roughly contemporaneous, which has all its original power and then some reading this book was a tiresome slog, and I dropped it and picked up a well regarded Georgette Heyer instead, feeling fully satisfied with myself.Picked it up originally because I d mistakenly thought it was on the Pringle list of great Modern Fantasy and just couldn t imagine why he thought this was so good, only to realise I d got my lists mixed up and it was really from my list of unusual GoodShowSir bad book covers Sigh. Se il male venisse bandito dalla nostra societ , esisterebbe il bene attorno a questa domanda che ruota il romanzo di Graves, che per rispondere invia un suo alter ego in un futuro lontano, nella pacifica e amena societ di Nuova Creta La lettura piacevole, intrisa di simbolismo e rimandi a La Dea Bianca, saggio di pochi anni anteriore, ma anche di momenti divertenti, quasi comici Per molti versi mi ha ricordato Uno yankee alla corte di Re Art stesso intento dissacratorio, sia nei confronti della societ contemporanea agli autori, sia rispetto a vagheggiate utopie di decrescita o pacifiste. I am enjoying reading this However, it s a little tto dense in the physical writing a longer book with larger print would be nicer I will pick it up again in a while, but I have other things to read right now I really tried to read this, but it was just too much of a loose wander And it was boring, which is never good in something you expect to entertain you.