by Lucius Apuleius
"Apuleius's The Golden Ass is a unique, entertaining, and thoroughly readable Latin novel--the only work of fiction in Latin to have survived from antiquity. It tells the story of the hero Lucius, whose curiosity and fascination for sex and magic results in his transformation into an ass. After suffering a series of trials and humiliations, he is ultimately returned to human shape by the kindness of the goddess Isis. Simultaneously a blend of romantic adventure, fable, and religious testament, The Golden Ass is one of the truly seminal works of European literature, of intrinsic interest as a novel in its own right, and one of the earliest examples of the picaresque." (Description from Amazon.com)
I'm not a connoisseur of ancient literature, but I had fun with this one! Many stories were ribald and silly, but many were familiar myths that were cool to read in the context of this larger piece of work. There were even some good lessons in ethics given in a manner reminiscent of Aesop's Fables.
Because I know I have trouble sticking to things like this, I decided to tackle it via DailyLit. That turned out to be an excellent plan! The style of multiple embedded narratives (remember "embedded narratives" from our Class Notes?) made this a perfect candidate for those bite-size chunks of morning reading before work.
NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)
Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!