March 16 session

Dear Readers,

Our next session will be next week. I plan to focus on the following episodes from “Wind, Sand and Stars”:

  1. Guillaumet lost in the Andes – chapter II, section II, page 30-40 (end of chapter II)
  2. Chapter IV (pages 48-62) – the cyclone
  3. Chapter V, section II, pages 68-74 (end of chapter V) – night in the Sahara
  4. Chapter VI, pages 76-82 (end of chapter VI) – the snakes under the table
  5. Chapter VII, section I (pages 85-90) – the gazelle in the Sahara
  6. Chapter VII, section V pages 106-119 – Bark the slave
  7. Chapter IX, pages 174-189 – the Spanish Civil War
  8. Chapter IX, section VI pages  215-224.
  9. Chapter X – conclusion.

We won’t read ALL the above sections next Wednesday! But I would be interested to hear your comments. In particular, I hope you will tell me those sections, episodes, sentences or phrases which you particularly remember.

I look forward to seeing you Wednesday March 16th.

2 thoughts on “March 16 session”

  1. When I read page 152, I imagined the black marble was fossil, or coal of broken tree-tops, because there used to be forest countless centuries ago in what is now desert. But when I read page 69, I found them meteorites. “Here is where my adventure became magical, for in a striking foreshortening of time that embraced thousands of years, I had become the witness of this miserly rain from the stars. The marvel of marvels was that there on the rounded back of the planet, between this magnetic sheet and those stars, a human consciousness was present in which as in a mirror that rain could be reflected.”

  2. When he realized the imminent danger of death, he thought we should leave ourselves to God’s discretion and said “I am ruminating and telling myself that a man was able to adapt himself to anything. The notion that he is to die in thirty years has probably never spoiled any man’s fun.Thirty years…or thirty days: it’s all a matter of perspective.” (p.151) As he saw black marble changed from the broken-tops in an antediluvian forest, (I think this means fossil, coal) “This forest had rustled with birds and been filled with music that now was struck by doom and frozen into salt.” “What had I, a living man to do with this incorruptible stone? Perishable as I was, I whose body was to crumble into dust, what place had I in this eternity?” (p 152)

    When he found the man waving at him and a sleeping Bedouin mirage, he thought that “Nothing in the world is real if that cross which I see ten miles off on the top of the hill is not real.” (P.153)

    Incidentally I also would like to quote next matter in Japanese.1年に換算した宇宙の歴史 
     ビッグバン(原初大爆発)ーーー1月1日、
     銀河系の起源ーーーーーーーー5月1日
     太陽系の起源ーーーーーーーー9月9日
     地球の成立ーーーーーーーーー9月14日
     地球上の生命の起源ーーーーー9月25日
     最初のヒト科生物ーーーーーー12月30日
    (出典:長野 敬、ー生命進化の道筋ー)

    How short is the life of human beings’ history, compared with the life of the earth or space.

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