Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith

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By Alexander McCall Smith

Desires to promote, nice goals to sell...If he's within the correct temper, divine Angus may well furnish you sight of your real love in a dream; you could even fall in love with him - yet he'll by no means love you again. He's too busy making mischief - stealing the palace of the gods from his father, turning his enemies into pigs and so forth - till he's trapped through his personal romantic video games and falls for an impossible girl, doomed to hunt her without end. In twentieth-century Scotland, Angus' bothered regulate ego searches for his precise relatives and identification; a psychotherapist who is helping humans comprehend their goals, his existence turns out to parallel that of his mythic namesake, till we ask - may they be one and an identical? Mesmerically weaving jointly the stories of the Celtic god and the Scottish scientist, Alexander McCall Smith unites dream and truth, leaving us to ask yourself: what's existence, however the pursuit of our desires?

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The second writer on the list is sometimes placed in the ninth century, sometimes in the eighth. Hesiod was a poor farmer whose life was hard and bitter. There cannot be a greater contrast than that between his poem, the Works and Days, which tries to show men how to live a good life in a harsh world, and the courtly splendor of the Iliad and tIlc Odyssey. But Hesiod has much to say about the gods, and a second poem, usually ascribed to him, the Theogony, is entirely concerned with mythology. If Hesiod did write it, then a humble peasant, living on a lonely fann far from cities, was the first man in Greece to wonder how everything had happened, the world, the sky, the gods, mankind, and to think out an explanation.

They had fifty lovely daughters, the nymphs of the Sea, called NEREIDS from their father'l 42 Mythology name, one of whom, THETIs, was the mother of Achilles. Poseidon's wife, AMPHITRITE, was another. TRITON was the trumpeter of the Sea. His trumpet was a great shell. He was the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite. PROTEUS was sometimes said to be Poseidon's son, sometimes his attendant. He had the power both of foretelling the future and of changing his shape at will. THE NAIADS were also water nymphs.

No mother bore her. Full-grown and in full armor, she sprang from his head. In the earliest account of her, the Iliad, she is a fierce and ruthless battle-goddess, but elsewhere she is warlike only to defend the State and the home from outside enemies. She was pre-eminently the Goddess of the City, the protector of civilized life, of handicrafts and agriculture; the inventor of the bridle, who first tamed horses for men to use. She was Zeus's favorite child. He trusted her to carry the awful aegis, his buckler, and his devastating weapon, the thunderbolt.

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