Monday, April 30, 2012

100 Greatest Books #105 - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The next book on my reading list is The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. You can find this book on the Sybervision Book List.

Before I started this book, I was expecting something in "Old English" similar to Beowulf and Shakespeare, neither of which I really enjoy all that much. This was much different though. It is written in the Old English style but in such a way that it it understandable for the most part. I admit I did have a little difficulty with the beginning though. This was the fastest read I have had on my list to date and I can't imagine anything taking less time. I read this in about 20 minutes and while I was reading it I found that I needed to say the words aloud to better understand them. This started as mumbling the words and eventually with my proudly stating all of the lines with gusto. Simply, the story was about a mariner who kills an albatross while sailing around, dooming all of his shipmates. I found the story very well written with a good moral; don't bite the hand that feeds you. A definite recommend.

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