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Sesame and Lilies [Kindle Edition]

John Ruskin
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John Ruskin (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects ranging from geology to architecture, myth to ornithology, literature to education, and botany to political economy. His writing styles and literary forms were equally varied. Ruskin penned essays and treatises, poetry and lectures, travel guides and manuals, letters and even a fairy tale. The elaborate style that characterised his earliest writing on art was later superseded by a preference for plainer language designed to communicate his ideas more effectively. In all of his writing, he emphasised the connections between nature, art and society. He also made detailed sketches and paintings of rocks, plants, birds, landscapes, and architectural structures and ornamentation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 225 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1116179857
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TP94MC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars More relevant than you'd think 21 Aug. 2011
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I'm reviewing the basic text here, not any editorial notes or interpretation (one never knows which editions the system will stick the review to).

I read this first a couple of years ago, and I couldn't really get beyond Ruskin's elaborate, rather smug Victorian English. It annoyed me and I wondered why, when first published, there was such a hoo-hah. The second time of reading, the unfamiliar grammar is less obtrusive and I was getting his sense. Take note of this; if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Because a lot of what Ruskin has to say applies just as much, if not more so, today. He talks (these were, originally, public lectures) about our obsession with status and celebrity, our neglect of the things that really matter - our hypocrisy, and our ability to turn a blind eye to things that make us uncomfortable.

Ostensibly, the book is about how to approach culture; books, paintings and so on. Especially how, and what to read, and why. But it also about our responsibilities as members of the human race, about what makes our lives worthwhile, and what is fool's gold. About vanity, friendship, organised religion - and celebrity worship, and the demands of charities. About how a nation should conduct itself, and about just and unjust wars. It's about what constitutes a real education, and what is a waste of our time and effort.

Ruskin makes assumptions about what his audience will be familiar with; assumptions which were valid for a well-educated crowd in his day, but are now wildly optimistic. He assumes you will have read Milton, Shakespeare, and probably Dante as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Edition of Sesame and Lilies 30 Aug. 2008
By nansee555 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent edition of John Ruskin's Sesame and Lilies, the best I have found. The editors have not gone footnote-crazy; there are fortunately few. Supplementary materials such as the intro, chronology and glossary are well done and interesting, and the critical essays included are varied and very much worth reading. This ed. is part of Yale's "Rethinking the Western Tradition" series, all of which are well done.
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Ideas Still Apply 23 Aug. 2013
By Greg S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although some of the issues on feminism are quite out of date, there are still some ideas that apply today. It's worth the read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 31 Jan. 2015
By Joyful Penguin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
We use it with our Charlotte Mason Education Found at Ambleside Online.
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