The Call of the Wild by Jack London
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jack London, who was a fervent follower of Darwinism, contextualized Darwinism as portrayed in Buck’s survival in the wild with his resourcefulness and stamina that enabled him to survive and become a leader of his pack. Also, as Darwin paid a note on the atavism of a dog going feral from being domesticated once he lost contact with human, Buck became unleashed by the death of Thornton, the embodiment of humanness. This book is London’s manifesto of Darwinian atavism and evolutionary theory.
Sister Wendy’s Book of Muses by Wendy Beckett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you are a lover of Greek mythology and also a fan of sister Wendy’s delightful world of art appreciation, the content of this book will endear it to you: each of the Nine Muses is shown in a beautiful ceramic figurine with a description of the accordant muse. These Nine Muses are: Kalliope (Calliope), epic poetry; Kleio (Clio), history; Ourania (Urania), astronomy; Thaleia (Thalia), comedy; Melpomene, tragedy; Polymnia (Polyhymnia), religious hymns; Erato, erotic poetry; Euterpe, lyric poetry; and Terpsikhore (Terpsichore), choral song and dance. Through the Nine Muses, we seek inspiration from outside to invoke our artistic spheres from within. The gem of this book of Muses is sister Wendy’s insightful narrative of the names and attributes of the Muses in the context of regarding the realm of human intellect and arts. This is a very lovely book filled with beautiful photos of the Muses and the author’s personal reflections on human nature and creativity.