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Douglas Thomson (duke_mcsnuffles) wrote,
@ 2003-09-08 20:47:00
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    I got this shipment of books in the post today, they're all really intellectual-looking! I love Amazon :) Started reading Seamus Heany's translation of "Beowulf", which is pretty good, although sometimes it loses a little bit in translation and the poetry sounds a little prosaic. And some things don't really strike you as good drama from a 21st century point of view, like when Beowulf's once-rival, Unferth, symbolically gives Beowulf his sword in order to slay Grendel's mother, but when it comes to it, the sword doesn't work. And this great and fearsome monster, Grendel, has been terrorising the Danes for ages and carrying off their best warriors, but Beowulf manages to defeat him by putting him in an armlock, which seems a little lame to me.

    I've lost my house keys, which is a pity, because I like being able to get into my house. I can't remember whether I left them at Eric's on Saturday morning or took them home with me. If I did take them home, i must have accidentally hidden them very well, because they cannae be found anywhere.

    As I'm writing this, I'm arguing with Ben over whether "Finding Nemo" was in cinemas ages ago and is now out on dvd, or whether it's coming out on october 3rd. He says it's out on dvd, because he's got the dvd, and I say it's out on october 3rd because, well, it is. and it's NOT a pirate dvd, of course. hmm.

    I finally sorted out most of the books in my bedroom today! Now it finally looks like a real bedroom, instead of a box convention. of course, I'm moving out of it in a month, but never mind! I took a look at my books while I was unpacking them. Somehow it seems a bit odd to have the "Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes" standing between "The poetry of Alexander Pope" and "Critical Terms for Literary Study". Also, it gave me a chance to see just how many of my books my dog's been chewing on in her time.


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