Monday, October 12, 2020

Florentine Histories: Newly Translated Edition

One of the difficulties in trying to follow in the reading habits of someone with 150 IQ, such as Vox Day, is that some of the books he recommends are of subject matters that are uninteresting to me or written for those beyond my lazy brain (I estimate my IQ to be around 130). In other words, Vox Day can read through dense books for which I find too laboriously intensive to be able to read "for fun." I have to work for it.

I will note, however, that in finding more readable translations of some of the older classics, I have found that my enjoyment and ease to read these books to increase greatly, such as the Florentine Histories by Machiavelli. This version, however, is newly translated and helps with the processing power needed to digest the words.

We'll see if I can finish it as it still requires focus to read, and all the names start blurring together. This is somewhat how I felt reading the genealogies of the Old Testament. But sprinkled throughout are little snippets of narrative that I find interesting. So, I think it's just a matter at this point for me to blur through the "boring" parts like I do for television series (of side stories that are completely uninteresting to me), and don't relate to the major plot.

I do note that it was humorous to read in the beginning, how the differing barbarian tribes attack one another in their fight for Italy and the ways that they betray one another.

This reminds me of Hans-Hermann Hoppe's book, "Democracy - The God That Failed" in that the debts of each of these rulers pretty much reset after their deaths or betrayal. I don't think that the person who ultimately betrays a King cares one bit about the debts the King has accumulated. 

I'm also guessing that the lenders were dubious to lend to Kings knowing that they could, at any moment, be assassinated.

I picked up a soft-cover copy for $14.43, used from Amazon. I'm glad I did.

I still find it easier, at late night, to read The Brother Karamazov. The Count of Monte Cristo has been an excellent audio book companion as I have been doing some minor home remodeling.

The Illiad is also on my list, though I have found most of my interest on The Brother Karamazov. 

My mood changes, and I want to be able to jump to the book that feeds it.

On an interesting aside, I think that the betrayal of my ex-wife has added an added layer of understanding and interest to many of these books that I may had no interest whatsoever had my real-life betrayal never occurred.

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