Descartes and Winesburg
- What better way to start Winesburg off than by
lending an ear to Descartes and his view of theology and
truths, being as these are recurring themes of Winesburg.
...Our theology I revered, and was as eager as anyone
else to gain heaven; but having learned , as a fully
established fact, that the way to heaven is open to the most
ignorant no less than to the most learned, and that the
revealed truths, which guide us on our way, are above our
understanding, I should not have dared to submit them to the
weakness of my reasoning. Indeed, a man who undertook to
investigate these truths and who succeeded in his task, would
need, in my judgement, to be gavoured with some sepcial
aid from heaven, and to be himself more than a man.--
Discourse on Method, Descartes
- In the introduction, I read that Henry James
prepared the "New York Edition" which was a collection of
his best works. Washington Square was not included.
The book was popular but he didn't think much of it.
Is this a book of any quality? I guess it is a bit
like a soap opera. Whatever its merit, I enjoyed it.
It was also quick to read and gave me time to
explore other books.