mangotango wrote: ↑
March 4th, 2021, 12:18 pm
Hello group, looking forward to helping out with the completion of the book. I'm all for a book not only from a perspective not often shared, but about a topic I feel passionately about, non-violence and peace!
I would like to read Chapter 10 - Part 1, Section 40
Because of the deadline goal I will do my best to finish this soon, so if it's possible... could I speak/write with someone that has read the whole book so I can get a better idea of everything in context
? I have only found a short plot on Wiki. In the meantime I will see if I can read it as well. Thanks!
welcome to this project mangotango,
glad to see you here!
i have read the book for great parts, and have listened to the two german versions we have in the catalogue.
all in all, it is like this:
- main protragonist is a woman, who marries a soldier (upper classes in austria in the 19th century, so higher ranks of military), and becomes a widow soon.
- she "feels" the absurdity of war, tries to argue against war - but being an upper class member and daughter of a soldier, she always gets answers and even consoling advice, which is pro war propaganda
- there are several wars, also the feeling of the rise of an outbreak, everything described by woman with the ability to describe and being the sole person in her surroundings, who is against war. that is something like a taboo.
- she meets another high rank military member (tilling), who is rather aware of suffering and even his privileges as an upper class person. he is member of the military, but somewhat against war. he understands the feelings of a young widowed mother very well. he falls in love with her and she with him. she marries him. and this times, the story needs a little bit longer, to repeat itself.
. and this times, the story needs a little bit longer, to repeat itself.
there are 3-5 topics in this book: romance, history, philosophy, social critics. the main message is the title: lay down your arms, be against war! in the first posting, the summary is describing the author a little bit. she was actively working with alfred fried, and somewhat they invented a system like we have realized today: the uno. they believed into the power of political solutions and discussions, communication instead of warfare (in the book are some comments, which hint to views like this: she has no understanding and no preferences at all for some war-lust fevered, bored out kings, who won't even participate and let ther people die).
alfred fried wrote a 10-40 pages summary of theirconcept. in german it was my first solo reading and i was reading way too slow, but you can read it yourself and... they were not phantasizing about ending every warfare, but they were one of the great planners and thinkers of the last centuries.
what i want to add is: we on librivox are hobby volunteers and it is even possible to say, that we aim for hobby works. reading in the childrens rooms, at a campfire, telling a story... that is, what makes an fascinating athmosphere.
like you don't have to learn french or german for reading in this project, you don't need to make this on a professional level. in case you are a professional reader, somethng like stage staff, even a musician, you will likely have to step down despite delivering perfect recordings.
it is a very creative and skills dependant hobby, but it is a hobby
hope, that helped,
edit: section 40, chapter ten/1 is yours!
grüß gott, greetings to my fellow tyrolean!