- File Size: 104 KB
- Print Length: 11 pages
- Publisher: Simon Worrall Publications (March 4, 2010)
- Publication Date: March 4, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003B6561I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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THE BOOK OF KELLS: Copulating Cats and Holy Men Kindle Edition
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When I say brief, I mean you can easily read this in a single setting and still have a big part of your evening left over. In that short time Worrall manages to grab the readers' attention and engage their minds. Worrall also manages to avoid the dry "academ-ese" which kills so many history books for the general reading public and replaces it with descriptions that are as vibrant as the colors the monks used to adorn The Book of Kells.
If I may be permitted one quibble ... in the copyright section of the book it claims the book is "a work of fiction." I suspect this may be a flaw with Amazon's publishing tools, but I wasn't sure what I would be reading when I downloaded this book. Rest assured that this is not a novel nor a short story, but a look at one of the most fascinating lights that helped to keep learning alive during the darkest part of the Dark Ages.
Now in my case, I love medieval history and I am especially fond of The Book of Kells as I am into art of that era also. As a matter of fact, journeying to Ireland and viewing the original is one of the items on my "bucket list." I have, over the years, marveled over this wonderful book and have seen some great reproductions. These reproductions though cannot replace the original. I will state most emphatically though that I will never gaze upon the wonderful illustrations in this book again and see them through the same eyes after I read this essay by Simon Worrall...this guy can write! This guy can make you think! What wonderful gifts.
The author does go over the history of the creation of this magnificent work of art but that is almost secondary as the information he shares can be found elsewhere. No, it is the way the author tells us the story that is important. Had this work been in the form of poetry we would call it an ode. As it stands the author's prose takes us completely into the world of the book and we actually feel it as the author writes. Even when technical aspects such as color, drawing techniques and the like are address, it is presented in an almost poetic manner. I must admit that as to the colors used by those old monks I learned much from this essay.
Worrall closes this work on a speculative note as to where we came from as a society, where we are now and where we are going. I suppose I found this particularly beautiful simply because I feel the same as the author and most certainly agree with his speculations...have for quite some time now.
This is a short work and most can read it in less than thirty minutes. If I may suggest though, take your time, savor the words, contemplate the thoughts and revel in the written words...folks, take a couple of hours to digest this one and then turn around and read it again. Trust me; you are in for a wonderful treat!
I had absolutely no idea that cats played such a large role in the Book of Kells. I was rather tickled to learn this, as I have been owned by cats for most of my life.
I found this to be a pleasure to read and somehow the author managed to convey images via text quite well. I was dubious at first, because so often descriptions of art fall flat in text, but I found this book to be charming and evocative.
I was actually glad that images weren't included for two reasons:
1. My e-ink Kindle wouldn't do them justice.
2. It was fun to imagine the images from the text.
All in all, I think it's a fairly good amount of information for the casual reader presented as an entertaining and brief read. Certainly it captured and held my interest.
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