Archive for War and Peace

Hitler, By Joachim Fest

Posted in Biography, Observation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2020 by Jarrod Boyle

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Now, more than ever, this is a book that needs to be read. Continue reading

‘Are You A Satanist?’

Posted in Observation, Reading, Real Men, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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The last twelve to eighteen months have taught me that if you put something on the internet, everybody will see it. People rarely comment on-line, but I seem to get all kinds of bizarre responses when I see them in public, ranging from facial expressions that look like they’ve swallowed a bullfrog (and are struggling to keep it down) to, ‘What’s with all the leather gear?’ Or even, ‘Are you a Satanist?’ Continue reading

Fighting Words

Posted in Kickboxing, Observation, Real Men, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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There are two things I am driven to do: write and fight. Continue reading

James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ – the Warm-Up with Coach Rodney Hall.

Posted in Fiction, Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2013 by Jarrod Boyle
Gotta love a man with an eye-patch.

Gotta love a man with an eye-patch.

J: I guess that’s what War and Peace is about. It’s about what happens when people are forced to cope with the force of history as it’s bearing down on them, which I guess is the way Tolstoy would have looked at it.

R: I’m so glad you liked War and Peace. I knew you would. When you were reading Anna Karenina, you were telling me ‘There couldn’t possibly be a better novel’. And then, there was. Continue reading

Man's Search for Meaning

Posted in Reading with tags , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

War and Peace is haunting me. Continue reading

Leo Tolstoy Vs. Robert S. McNamara

Posted in Observation, Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

One of the most interesting aspects of reading is that sometimes you might read something and, regardless of whether you enjoy it or not, it begins to creep into your thinking. You start to see it everywhere; kind of like when you’re walking the streets in a strange country and you feel as if you keep catching glimpses of people you know. Continue reading

War and Peace

Posted in Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

I finished it. Continue reading

Tolstoy Versus Napoleon

Posted in Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , on February 24, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

The thing about a book like War and Peace that first makes an impression on you is its size. Continue reading

War and Peace, p.242

Posted in Reading with tags , on October 24, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

“He told them about his Schongraben action in just the way that those who take place in battles usually tell about them, that is, in the way they would like it to have been, the way they have heard others tell it, the way it could be told more beautifully, but not at all the way it had been. Rostov was a truthful young man, not for anything would he have deliberately told an untruth.

“He began telling the story with the intention of telling it exactly as it had been, but imperceptibly, involuntarily, and inevitably for himself, he went over into untruth. If he had told the truth to these listeners, who, like himself, had already heard accounts of attacks numerous times and had formed for themselves a definite notion of what an attack was, and were expecting exactly the same sort of account – they either would not have believed him or, worse still, would have thought it was Rostov’s own fault that what usually happens in stories of cavalry attacks had not happened with him. He could not simply tell them that they all set out at a trot, he fell off his horse, dislocated his arm, and ran to the woods as fast as he could to escape a Frenchman. Besides, in order to tell everything as it had been, one would have to make an effort with oneself so as to tell only what had been. To tell the truth is very difficult, and young men are rarely capable of it.”

Policemen, Bears and Brothels

Posted in Reading with tags , , , , on September 16, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

 “…what on Earth did they do?” asked the countess. Continue reading

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