Mere Mortals Book Reviews
Mere Mortals Book Reviews

Mere Mortals Book Reviews

Kyrin Down & Juan Granados

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Hey I'm Kyrin and I review books of all genres/styles but with an emphasis on those that have stood the test of time (i.e., not recent releases). Join me as I cover the basic details before diving into the themes, ideas and learnings we can take away from the fascinating realm of literature. Weekly live episode on Thurs 10am AEST (Wed/Thurs Midnight UTC+0) plus bonus episodes from my cohost Juan every now and then.

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Unravel The Soul's Final Whisper | Japanese Death Poems (Yoel Hoffmann) BOOK REVIEW
APR 4, 2024
Unravel The Soul's Final Whisper | Japanese Death Poems (Yoel Hoffmann) BOOK REVIEW
Japanese Death Poems by Yoel Hoffmann is a compelling anthology that explores the Japanese tradition of Jisei, or death poems. The book provides a deep dive into the cultural and historical significance of these poems, reflecting on the life, death, and impermanence of existence through the lens of Zen Buddhism. It is divided into three main sections: an introduction, death poems by Zen monks, and death poems by haiku poets. While the book may not offer practical takeaways, it offers a somber and thought-provoking perspective on life and death.Takeaways:Japanese Death Poems offers a unique insight into the cultural and historical significance of Jisei, or death poems.The book is structured into three main sections: an introduction, death poems by Zen monks, and death poems by haiku poets.Readers should approach the book with the expectation of philosophical contemplation rather than practical takeaways.Japanese Death Poems is recommended for those interested in exploring somber and thought-provoking perspectives on life and death.Timeline:(0:00) - Introduction to Japanese Death Poems(1:04) - Structure of the Book(3:31) - Structure of the Poems(4:30) - Understanding the Purpose of Death Poems(5:00) - Expectations and Practicality(6:17) - Recommendation and Reflection(7:35) - Summary and Final ThoughtsValue 4 Value Support:Boostagram: https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/support (https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/support)Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/meremortalspodcast (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/meremortalspodcast)Connect with Mere Mortals:Website: https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/ (https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/)Discord: https://discord.gg/jjfq9eGReU (https://discord.gg/jjfq9eGReU)Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/meremortalspod (https://twitter.com/meremortalspod)Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meremortalspodcast/ (https://www.instagram.com/meremortalspodcast/)TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@meremortalspodcast (https://www.tiktok.com/@meremortalspodcast)
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Chivalry At It's Finest | Sir Gawain And The Green Knight (Unknown Poet) BOOK REVIEW
MAR 27, 2024
Chivalry At It's Finest | Sir Gawain And The Green Knight (Unknown Poet) BOOK REVIEW
Would you have the fortitude to stick to your principles, even in the face of certain death?'Sir Gawain And The Green Knight' by an unknown poet is a story from a 14th/15th century manuscript. It tells of Sir Gawain, a knight at Arthur's round table who accepts a challenge from a mysterious & magical being. This requires him to willingly offer up his life whilst first being tempted by the most beautiful lady in the land. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this little ditty and is a great example of poetry told in alliterative verse.Would love to hear your feedback and appreciate any support you wish to give :)Timeline:(0:00) - Intro(4:10) - Themes/Questions(8:30) - Moral Learnings(19:21) - Author & Extras(23:28) - Summary(26:36) - Value 4 Value(28:33) - Join Live!Value 4 Value Support:Boostagram: https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/support (https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/support)Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/meremortalspodcast (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/meremortalspodcast)Connect with Mere Mortals:Website: https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/ (https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/)Discord: https://discord.gg/jjfq9eGReU (https://discord.gg/jjfq9eGReU)Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/meremortalspod (https://twitter.com/meremortalspod)Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meremortalspodcast/ (https://www.instagram.com/meremortalspodcast/)TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@meremortalspodcast (https://www.tiktok.com/@meremortalspodcast)
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29 MIN
A Different Type Of Travel | The Innocents Abroad (Mark Twain) BOOK REVIEW
MAR 20, 2024
A Different Type Of Travel | The Innocents Abroad (Mark Twain) BOOK REVIEW
Let's travel back to the days when people didn't take offense so easily ...... or did they?'The Innocents Abroad' by Mark Twain is a compendium of his adventures whilst travelling for 5 months across Europe & The Middle East. It is told in his usual humorous style of witty anecdotes and droll sarcastic one-liners. The bulk of it relates to visiting historic landmarks & places of cultural significance, with some parts on the actual travel journey itself. During his life it became his best selling book, also becoming renowned in the travel genre as well.Would love to hear your feedback and appreciate any support you wish to give :)Timeline:(0:00) - Intro(2:45) - Themes/Questions(15:44) - Author & Extras(19:32) - Summary(23:29) - Value 4 Value(25:04) - Join Live!Value 4 Value Support:Boostagram: https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/support (https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/support)Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/meremortalspodcast (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/meremortalspodcast)Connect with Mere Mortals:Website: https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/ (https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/)Discord: https://discord.gg/jjfq9eGReU (https://discord.gg/jjfq9eGReU)Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/meremortalspod (https://twitter.com/meremortalspod)Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meremortalspodcast/ (https://www.instagram.com/meremortalspodcast/)TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@meremortalspodcast (https://www.tiktok.com/@meremortalspodcast)
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26 MIN
Classic Feminist Literature | A Room Of One's Own (Virginia Woolf) BOOK REVIEW
MAR 13, 2024
Classic Feminist Literature | A Room Of One's Own (Virginia Woolf) BOOK REVIEW
Righteous anger can be useful .... if applied to the right people.'A Room Of One's Own' by Virginia Woolf is an essay critiquing woman's literature and female authors. Her core argument is that the lack of financial means, privacy and strict social norms has resulted in the inability for females to write great books. And that it is not due inherent feminine weakness or lack of genius. She also emphasises that women need to write in their own voice and spends a fair bit of time criticising authors like Charlotte Brontë and Mary Carmichael who don't do this adequately (in her opinion).Would love to hear your feedback and appreciate any support you wish to give :)Timeline:(0:00) - Intro(1:49) - Themes/Questions(16:23) - Author & Extras(20:22) - Summary(23:05) - Value 4 Value(24:58) - Join Live!Value 4 Value Support:Boostagram: https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/support (https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/support)Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/meremortalspodcast (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/meremortalspodcast)Connect with Mere Mortals:Website: https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/ (https://www.meremortalspodcast.com/)Discord: https://discord.gg/jjfq9eGReU (https://discord.gg/jjfq9eGReU)Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/meremortalspod (https://twitter.com/meremortalspod)Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meremortalspodcast/ (https://www.instagram.com/meremortalspodcast/)TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@meremortalspodcast (https://www.tiktok.com/@meremortalspodcast)
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27 MIN