ARCADIA: Stoppard’s supreme achievement

Having been with Rachel to see the recent London revival of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia a couple ofweeks ago, I've hardly been able to stop thinking about it. When it first came out in 1992/3, first at the National and then…

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Turkish Despatches June 09 – 3: de Bernières’ Birds without Wings

Appropriately enough, I’ve just finished Louis de Bernières’ Birds Without Wings while here in Turkey. And I have to say that it is quite simply one of the most breathtaking and moving novels I’ve ever read.

It’s crafted on an epic scale (600+ pages), and has a fascinating dual focus:

  • at the MICRO level, we get to know and love the many and varied inhabitants of Eskibahçe, a small fictitious town near the Aegean coast (placed not far from Telmessos, now called Fethiye)
  • at the MACRO level, we follow the determined but bumpy path of Mustafa Kemal, as he forges the modern Turkey out of the embers of the defunct Ottoman Empire, becoming the father of the new nation, Atatürk. (more…)

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Turkish Despatches – June 09 – 1

Have arrived safely and soundly in Antakya (aka Antioch - or if you follow the NT closely Syrian Antioch as opposed to Pisidian in Antioch, which was in ... er... Pisidia, roughly between Antalya and Konya on this map). Only…

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More Habakkuk bits and bobs

Now that the talk on Hab 1:1-11 has been uploaded, here is the map I used. See yesterday's post for the timeline. Also, note that for various reasons, the film clip played can't be included on the downloadable version. But…

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Brief hiatus & Habakkuk timeline

Off for a few days on Wed for speaking at a conference or two - will post details and stuff as and when. But for those who struggled to see the timeline on the screens during my talk on Habakkuk…

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Another gem from the Stott archive: The Message of Job

Having had the chance to publish John Stott's 1952 Parochial Evangelism online, back in January, here is another next instalment from the archives. I was sorting out my bookshelves (at last) and came across his little booklet called "Why Do…

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