This week was a nice change of pace, with the readings picked by our clasmates. I’m really curious to see how book clubs will go, especially since the readings are fairly diverse. I’ve got a bit to say about each one.
“The Fisherman and His Wife”
It’s been a while since I read this story, but it’s a pretty good one. The wife in this story definitely feels entitle to have more and more, not taking time to be grateful that the flounder her husband caught got them out of poverty and got her increasingly elaborate homes and jobs. It speaks to the commercial time we live in, where we’re always encouraged to want more and more instead of being happy with what we have. I think this will also be an interesting story in the context of our discussion of privilege a few weeks ago that arose from the “I Will Change the World” shirts..
This story was interesting because I had never heard it before. It was a little meta at first due to the “story in a story” thing. It was closer to a fable than a fairy tale to me because it gave you the moral outright: “One sees from this, dear Princess, that virtue has its own reward” (132). Again, I think this will be a good discussion piece because of the moral and how it is manifested in the story.
“The Duration of Life”
One more fairy tale! And another that I wasn’t familiar with. But this story was pretty great. I didn’t know where it was going at the start. I like how instead of just a moral tale, it’s kind of explanatory, with why people are the way they are at certain ages. It was pretty clever, moving from human to the service years of the ass to the grumpy years of the dog and the silly years of the monkey.
“The Man who Built Catan”
Confession: I have never played Settlers of Catan. But I have heard of it, and I saw it on Parks & Rec (which got a shout-out in the article). I was glad that the article explained the game, since I didn’t know what it was like. It sounds fascinating – I definitely want to try it! I also like that the game is all about the social aspect and the physical space, which isn’t always found or valued in our somewhat isolated lives in a digital world.