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The Rings of Saturn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2007

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    At least one blurb on the back cover refers to Rings of Saturn as 'sublime,' and I think that Sebald gives a practical meaning to the concept here in the 21st century, and perhaps for the first time since the Romantics, who we can never really read as a 19th century reader could. Sebald, more than any one, I think, is the most beautiful and haunting writer of our age. Rings of Saturn, like his other works, is not hampered by the contrivances of plot and character, nor is it 'postmodern' in any way. Rather, it is a True fictional expression of the self and the world, replete with compelling ruminations that swirl together like the colors of a spinning top that meld together in the most beautiful and active pattern. I recommend it not only for the sake of its sublimity, its call to memory, its observations of decay, its senses of loss and hope, its distinctly artistic rendering of the disappearance of the natural world and the human being, but also because, quite practically, it is short. At 250 large-type pages, broken into 10, 25 page chapters that read like a voice from the page, telling a story, giving a lecture, delivering morality, it cannot be read like a typical novel where things can be glossed and nothing lost, but like a dream from which you awake and want to recall every detail, and the more you remember the more you realize there is to remember until your recollection is infinitely more detailed than the experience of the dream itself. Rings of Saturn, then, in this sense, is the best lesson in reading I have ever read. Furthermore, read in conjunction with Michel Foucault's Order of Things and you will likely end up like the narrator, on page one, supine in a hospital bed, looking at the corner of tree branch through the wire grate laminated in your window, remembering to breathe. Good luck with all of that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2014

    Cabin Map and Other Camp Areas

    Result Two- Zeus and Hades Cabin<br>Result Three- Poseidon Cabin<br>Result Four- Ares Cabin<br>Result Five- Apollo Cabin<br>Result Six- Hepheastus Cabin<br>Result Seven- Hermes Cabin<br>Result Eight- Demeter Cabin<br>Result Nine- Athena Cabin<br>Result Ten- Aphrodite Cabin. I will post Cabin Leaders soon. But all ready confirmed, Kenny is Leader of the Poseidon Cabin, and Cry is Leader of the Hades Cabin. Any other kids with other parents are in the Hermes Cabin.<p>Result Eleven- Hepheastus Forge<br>Result Twelve- The Oracle

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