Sunday, December 14, 2008

Aimless Reading: The A's, Part 1

I need a new project to help me produce blog entries, and this is it: I am going to photograph all of the books in my recently unpacked library, in alphabetical order, by last name of author, as they are mostly organized on my shelves, with brief entries on each.

Abelard, Peter
The Story of My Misfortunes 
(Historia Calamitatum)

Well, gee, this is embarrassing -- I've never read it. I sincerely meant to, mostly because it has such a great title. According to the flap: "The immortal stories of Peter Abelard, the twelfth century adventurer scholastic, and his student, Heloise, a young girl 'of no mean beauty,' with whom Abelard chose to unite himself 'in the bonds of love.'"

I wish I were an adventurer scholastic. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Here's the opening:

Often the hearts of men and women are stirred, as likewise they are soothed in their sorrows, more by example than by words. And therefore, because I too have known some consolation from speech had with one who was a witness thereof, and I now minded to write of the sufferings which have sprung out of my misfortunes, for the eyes of the one who, though absent, is of himself even a consoler. This I do so that, in comparing your sorrows with mine, you may discover that yours are in truth nought or at the most but of small account, and so shall come to bear them more easily.


Gary said...

These are really great. Please keep going!

Michael Kelleher, Buffalo, NY said...

Thanks, Gary, and will do -- and by the way thanks for sending the DVD of 'Awara' -- we are planning to watch the properly subtitled ending over the holidays.