Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Man Who Was Thursday: a Nightmare

The Man Who Was Thursday is a fantastic book by G.K. Chesterton, describing some very disturbing things about the world. The fact that the subtitle states that it is a nightmare might instantly get people who liked Hangman's Curse interested, but it is a horror that goes far deeper than spiders and satanism. It is a lack of knowledge of what is really going on even though you are given all of the facts that the main character knows along the way.

I won't spoil it for you, since if you're reading a review you may be interested in reading it, but I will say that it has to do with the anarchist movement in Britain in the earlier part of the 20th century. Sometimes to humorous effect, surprises going along the way start helping you understand what's going on and you begin to wonder if it really is an allegory. It begins to be clear that it is not an allegory in the usual way an allegory is laid out. But that is the brilliance of the book; it is not an allegory, and barely a parallel, making merely a deep philosophical statement by the author, one that is found often in this genre of fiction: surreal, or to coin a phrase, pseudo dystopian. 

That philosophical statement I believe is something that I will leave for you to discover. If you are a writer, it is one that may inspire you to convey a deeper meaning to your work. If you are not a writer and only a passive reader, no matter how passive, you will continue to think about what it means and how true it rings in our world.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Fun facts about Darth

I felt the need to share with you this little annoying thing that has decided to bug me: the word "darth" Is not original to Star Wars, and I must wonder if George Lucas is stealing credit.

The word has it's origins in Welsh. The welsh word darth is a verb that means to evaporate.

Why am I sharing this with you? Because I wanted to know what the name really meant, since I knew it wasn't originally from Star Wars (my parents know a man in his fifties named Darth). But when I go to the various baby name websites, they say that Darth is the word coined by George Lucas for the Dark order of Sith. He may have thought he came up with it, but the word was in use long before Star Wars was even remotely conceived. You can find this out by using the Google Ngram Viewer. You can also search Google books and find that it was used as a last name as well.

So sorry Star Wars fans, Darth does not mean, Dark order of Sith, it means to evaporate.

so there is your fun fact for the day.