Thursday, February 18, 2010

Not Much of Anything In the Realm of New

Unfortunately there is not a new novel to discuss for this weeks posting, so this may very well end up being a posting of random stuff. First of all, the trip to the MASC today was pretty cool. Seeing the old texts in there original compositions was interesting, especially comparing them to the way books look today. The content of some of the books was interesting as well, such as the small book that was against the consumption of alcohol.

I am going to digress and talk a little about The Rise of Silas Lapham. Silas' downfall is due to Silas trying to be someone who he was not. He tried to insert himself into the upper class of Boston where he did not belong. Sure he had the money that would allow his family to associate with the other socialites, but they did not have the "culture" to fit in.

Kind of stuck on what else to discuss in this posting, so I guess that is it.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you found the MASC interesting, Ken. Temperance tracts were an important part of 19c. culture, but a lot of times they weren't preserved.