2016年10月28日 星期五

picaresque, feet of clay, fragile, chapbook, gorgon, a torture box

China‘s emblematic Terracotta Warriors are at the centre of a bitter row, with patriots and scholars dismissing as impossible theories they could have been inspired by Greek sculpture.
Silent and enigmatic, China‘s emblematic Terracotta Warriors are at the…
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Till Eulenspiegel is a trickster figure originating in Middle Low German folklore. He appeared in chapbooks telling episodes that outlined his picaresque career ...


D.H. Lawrence described Herman Melville's life thus: “A mother: a gorgon. A home: a torture box. A wife: a thing with clay feet. Life: a sort of disgrace.” The author of "Moby Dick", "Typee" and “Omoo” died on September 28th 1891



When people buy a book, they want to read the author, not a centaur or a Chapman brothers figure - the work, and not the product of something I once described as "the strange bi-authorship of translation".

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The tale is a lesson in the fragility of reputations on Wall Street and elsewhere, especially in the Internet age.


AS my fine professor of economics at Columbia, C. Lowell Harriss (who just celebrated his 96th birthday) used to tell us, economics is the study of the allocation of scarce goods and services. What could be scarcer or more precious than love? It is rare, hard to come by and often fragile.




For all of Kerr's apparent agonizing over whether or not he should
have written the book, it is neither novel in its basic thesis nor in
its profoundly pessimistic overtones. The idea that the post-War
Japanese economic 'miracle' was founded on feet of clay and the
debunking of associated extravagant claims of social wellbeing are by
no means new. For example, Frank Gibney advanced these ideas as far
back as 1979 in his Japan: The Fragile Superpower. Moreover, numerous
recentcommentators, such as Gavan McCormack (1996) in The Emptiness of
Japanese Affluence, have presented a similar picture.T


Title: Japan's Feet of Clay · Author: Utley, Freda, 1898-1978. Note: New York: W. W. Norton, 1937.

Link:PDF at fredautley.com
Stable link here:http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupid?key=olbp37866


Subject:Japan -- Economic conditions -- 1918-1945
Subject:Japan -- Social conditions


Japan's Feet of Clay

JAPAN'S FEET OF CLAY (Japanese Economic Histor)
著者: Freda UtleyJanet Hunter
出版社: ROUTLEDGE CHAPMAN HALL
サイズ: Hardcover
ページ数: 393
発行年: 2000年
言語: English






picaresque 

Pronunciation: /ˌpɪkəˈrɛsk/ 

ADJECTIVE
Relating to an episodic style of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough anddishonest but appealing hero:a picaresque adventure novel(as plural noun the picaresquecanonical forms of European literature such as the picaresque
Origin
Early 19th century: from French, from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro 'rogue'.


The Gorgons were three monsters in Greek mythology, daughters of Echidna and Typhon, the mother and father of all monsters respectively. Their names were Stheno, Euryale, and the most famous of them, Medusa.

feet of clay 不安定, 弱点.

feet of clay

A failing or weakness in a person's character, as in The media are always looking for a popular idol's feet of clay.
This expression comes from the Bible (Daniel 2:31-33), where the prophet interprets Nebuchadnezzar's dream of a statue with a head of gold and feet of iron clay. [c. 1600]]

fragile
adjective
easily damaged, broken or harmed:
Be careful with that vase - it's very fragile.
The assassination could do serious damage to the fragile peace agreement that was signed last month.
I felt rather fragile (= weak) for a few days after the operation.
HUMOROUS No breakfast for me, thanks - I'm feeling rather fragile (= ill, upset or tired) after last night's party.

fragility
noun [U]
The collapse of the bank is an ominous reminder of the fragility of the world's banking system.
frag・ile
━━ a. こわれやすい; はかない; (体が)弱い; (酔って)気分が悪い; かすかな.
fragile sndrome 【医】ぜい弱X症候群.
fra・gil・i・ty━━ n.





chapbook 

Pronunciation: /ˈtʃapbʊk/ 

NOUN
1historical A small pamphlet containing talesballads, or tracts, sold by pedlars.
1.1North American A small paper-covered booklet, typically containing poems or fiction.




Origin

Early 19th century: from chapman book.

chapman 

Pronunciation: /ˈtʃapmən/ 

NOUN (plural chapmen)
archaic



Origin

Old English cēapman, from cēap 'bargaining, trade' (see cheap) man.

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