By Alexander McCall Smith
Desires to promote, fantastic desires to sell...If he's within the correct temper, divine Angus could provide you sight of your real love in a dream; chances are you'll even fall in love with him - yet he'll by no means love you again. He's too busy making mischief - stealing the palace of the gods from his father, turning his enemies into pigs and so forth - until eventually he's trapped by way of his personal romantic video games and falls for an impossible lady, doomed to hunt her perpetually. In twentieth-century Scotland, Angus' bothered adjust ego searches for his precise kinfolk and id; a psychotherapist who is helping humans comprehend their goals, his existence turns out to parallel that of his mythic namesake, until eventually we ask - might they be one and a similar? Mesmerically weaving jointly the stories of the Celtic god and the Scottish scientist, Alexander McCall Smith unites dream and truth, leaving us to ask yourself: what's existence, however the pursuit of our desires?
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THE PENELOPIAD Margaret Atwood Edinburgh • New York • Melbourne For my family ‘… Shrewd Odysseus! … You are a fortunate man to have won a wife of such pre-eminent virtue! How faithful was your flawless Penelope, Icarius’ daughter! How loyally she kept the memory of the husband of her youth! ’ – The Odyssey, Book 24 (191–194) … he took a cable which had seen service on a blue-bowed ship, made one end fast to a high column in the portico, and threw the other over the round-house, high up, so that their feet would not touch the ground.
She likes the quiet life, and she’ll certainly have that if he takes her to Ithaca, as he’s boasting of doing. She can help him look after his goats. She and Odysseus are two of a kind. ’ She said this lightly, but her lightest sayings were often her cruellest. Why is it that really beautiful people think everyone else in the world exists merely for their amusement? The maids sniggered. I was crushed. I had not thought my legs were quite that short, and I certainly hadn’t thought Helen would notice them.
Marriages were for having children, and children were not toys and pets. Children were vehicles for passing things along. These things could be kingdoms, rich wedding gifts, stories, grudges, blood feuds. Through children, alliances were forged; through children, wrongs were avenged. To have a child was to set loose a force in the world. If you had an enemy it was best to kill his sons, even if those sons were babies. Otherwise they would grow up and hunt you down. If you couldn’t bring yourself to slaughter them, you could disguise them and send them far away, or sell them as slaves, but as long as they were alive they would be a danger to you.