Wife for over 50 years his action n the British Army during the First World War and his academic career his long years as an Oxford Don and Professor of Anglo SaxonIt also covers the process behind the creation of Tolkien s most famous works the Hobbit the Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion and his lifelong creation the world of Middle Earth and the Undying LandsIt also tells of his membership of the club the Inklings which met for many years Night Watch in the pub the Eagle and ChildThe book tells much of Tolkien s character and of the acclaim and criticism of Tolkien s workncluding the recent malicious libel against Tolkien the racist Tolkien the sexist and Tolkien the fascist by narrow minded politically correct bigotsUltimately the massive following of Tolkien s works and the spin offs they have End of Day inspired speak for themselvesLong live the spirit of JRR Tolkien wows my first reaction after finishing this book Michael white s such a good biography writer that he makes the reader live the reality of the storyThan Beautifully written If this book were to be summed up n one word Scenery, Set, and Staging in the Italian Renaissance: Studies in the Practice of Theatre it would be Shallow That doesn t mean thatt s bad necessarily just that t s certainly nothing like an Korean War in depth treatment It bounces between considering Tolkien s life his personality and his work without giving a truly satisfactory account of any of these This may be precisely what you wantf you want a relatively brief and breezily written overview of Tolkien his life and his work but Serpico if you re looking for fodder for serious study look elsewhere The best bitsn my opinion are first the discussion of his relationship with CS Lewis and second the first half of the last chapter where he reviews the negative reactions Tolkien s work has received over the years But overall I am disappointed n the work I caught White n a couple of examples of shoddy scholarship detailed below and Truyol Y Serra's Doctrines of International Law if I caught two there are very likely In the Introduction Whitemplies that he will uestion Tolkien s nner drives and try to dentify the man s personal demons He does this I suppose but t s Competitive People Strategy: How to Attract, Develop and Retain the Staff You Need for Business Success in little bitsnterspersed among the larger context of Tolkien s life and work White Strategies for Minimizing Risk Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices ACT and Related Laws invokes Jungn the final words of the book I think I would have vastly preferred an n depth character study nside a framework of the chronology of his life and an overview of his work than a short work that gives all three aspects roughly eual time Limits to Stakeholder Influence: Why the Business Case Won't Save the World including an obviously amateurish attempt at literary criticism Who was this man What sort of person could write such a masterpiece White addresses these uestions true but onlyn a scattered and disjointed way I have Carpenter s definitive biography on order hopefully that will give me of what I want Final verdict If you want a fairly brief and easy to read overview of Tolkien s life work and character this book might just do the trick Also f you have read other biographies and are nterested Let's Talk 3 Student's Book in a less hagiographic but still respectful treatment you may find this valuable Otherwise I recommend you look elsewhere I found twonstances where White s scholarship leaves something to be desired Here they are P 13 The author has failed to do his research The tarantula that bit Tolkien called a baboon spider Socrates, The Wisest And Most Just? in South Africa has a bite that while painfuls never fatal It s unlikely that he was European State Aid and Tax Rulings in real danger 85 White claims that the oldest surviving works of fantasy are the Lucianic Satires but his scholarship seems to again be lacking that phrase seems to be reserved for satires by later authorsn Lucian s not Lucien as White spells t style The work White s probably referring to The Only Way Out Is in: A Modern Day Yogi's Commentary on the Synergy of Ashtanga Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra is True History whichs often called the first science fiction novel which makes White s claim that t s the first work of fantasy as opposed to science fiction problematic. Tolkien l'infanzia tra Sudafrica e Inghilterra la prematura scomparsa dei genitori la carriera accademica a Oxford l'a per Edith Bratt e l'amicizia con C S Lewi.
A decent overview of the major events of Tolkien s life but nothing particularly nsightful Although t s billed as a critical life there s nothing here resembling literary criticism White s Surface of the Deep: Searching for Booker Wright and Finding Redemption Along the Way idea of a thoughtful response to the accusation that The Lord of the Ringss written for adolescent boys The Devil Aspect is to say oh yeah Well lots of girls readt too so there Which rather misses the point There are real answers to that accusation but White doesn t provide them The copyediting s terrible and I wish someone would give White and his copyeditor f the publisher hired one a lesson An Unlikely Pair (My Once and Future Love, in comma splices and the difference between uninterested and disinterested A verynsightful biography giving me a better Four Corners Level 1b Workbook idea of Tolkien but I feel like some parts could ve been expanded on First things first I am new to the biography game Thiss part of my attempt to break Stahl's Illustrated Substance Use and Impulsive Disorders into the business I actually picked up this book probably sometimen high school but didn t get around to reading Love and Punishment (Beyond Fairytales series) it until this summer Which has probably worked out for the bestThis was a bad biography I am primarily comparingt to the bio of C S Lewis I read last summer by his friend George Sayer which was a fantastic work I really felt as Crisis: The Anatomy of Two Major Foreign Policy Crises if I had gotnto the mind of Lewis and this was aided mostly by the numerous direct citations Sayer produced from Lewis himself and those who knew him In this work Michael White offered the bare minimum of direct uotations from Tolkien and his acuaintances While Sayer essentially presented his theories about Lewis Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives interior life and then supplied the evidence supportingt and when appropriate alongside evidence against his theories White simply makes boldface assertions about Tolkien s likes and dislikes and very very occasionally his motivations At no point am I sure whether I m reading his own opinion or certain fact or biographical consensus An easy example which Kaltblau is not actually about Tolkiens when White simply states that C S Lewis relationship with his house mate Mrs Moore was sexual and romantic calling her his mistress Thankfully I had read Sayer s biography already and knew the arguments and evidence both for and against this hypothesis for t s an hypothesis and had already formed my own opinion based on the facts White asserts this fact Between Octobers in passing Having read no other biographies of Tolkien I have nodea how many similar facts about the Professor he likewise assertsIf I may make a guess I would say that White has no real religious affiliation certainly he Julian 3: The Works of the Emperor Julian is not a Catholic and probably not an Anglican This occurs to me for two reasons He claims well he statest as f t The Taming of the Werewolf is true that Tolkien s religious fervor foundts origin Second Biennial Report of the State Board of Health of the State of Iowa: For the Fiscal Period Ending June 30, 1883 (Classic Reprint) in his childhood when he witnessed his widowed and newly converted Catholic mother become ostracized by her Anglican relations andn laws It s entirely possible that Tolkien s faith was greatly a reaction against this but I highly doubt that the man himself would have thought as much and although I have finished the book am still left uite curious as to what he did think or whether his thoughts on the subject are even recordedThe second reason s that later n the book when discussing the religious mileau of Tolkien s Middle earth White says that the Professor mposed various aspects of his Christian faith First Cosmic Velocity into his pagan universe Again I am left very suspicious as to whether or not Tolkien would agree with his biographer White make brief mention of Tolkien s theory of mythology and Christianity and faery tale at thenception of his biography but has apparently forgotten much of this subject by the time he reaches his analysis of the Lord of the Rings It sounds just as bizarre to me to say that Tolkien Philosophy of Psychopharmacology: Smart Pills, Happy Pills, and Pepp Pills imposed aspects of Christianity upon his pagan world ast would be to say that Saint Paul mposed his exp. Pochi scrittori possono vantare la popolarità e l fascino durevole di Tolkien I suoi romanzi hanno venduto fino ad oggi oltre 160 milioni di copie e a loro si.
Eriences of Jesus Christ onto the writings found Joshi Mousou Shoukougun, Vol. 4 in the Old Testament Tolkien believed that the reality of the Triune God of Christianity shone through the pagan world just as much or at least nearly as much ast did through the Jewish world Whether or not folk believed n Him He still existed and exerted an nfluence albeit an Tryst with Prosperity influence cloaked and hiddenn the poetic or philosophical language of the time So for elements of Christianity to be discernible Tryst with Prosperity: Indian Business and the Bombay Plan of 1944 in the pre Christian world of Middle earth should be no surprise and certainly nomposition given the knowledge that Tolkien believed that elements of Christianity were Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition indeed discerniblen the pre Christian world of our EarthMoving on to the only part of this book that I enjoyed I will say that I actually enjoyed reading White write about the Lord of the Rings This book clearly came from a place of deep deep love and respect for the book It would seem that the publication of the Lord of the Rings Code Name: Bikini is an actual miracle given all the trouble Tolkien had with publishers Its very easy to compare Tolkien with his cinematic counterpart George Lucas who likewise Below the Moon (The 8th Island Trilogy is notoriously cantankerous and tinkered almost obsessively with his works long after their releaseTolkiens an ntensely nteresting figure My Legenden von Nuareth - Heldentaten interests not lessened n the slightest given that I have cause to believe I would not enjoy spending time with him at all I think the next biography I read will another Tolkien I want to follow this rabbit hole as far as t goes Well researched book although I hated the author s pseudo psychoanalysis of Tolkien No Tolkien wasn t Catholic because some motherless trauma nor all the other claims the author makes Sometimes people go to the restroom because they need to and not because their subconsciousness tells them to Besides the Freudian nventions there was one little problem no CS Lewis didn t have an affair with the woman he lived with during his college years Humprey Carpenter s research on this matter s much complete and better overall Regardless Bankerupt it was a good book and had a decent bibliography that gave me material to read I finished this bookn a day and enjoyed t mmensely For a biography this book Rethinking the Jurisprudence of Cyberspace is short and struck a good balance focusing on Tolkien himself and not the charactersn his life Admittedly I would have liked to read about Edith his wife and his children Perhaps I will pick up a detailed biography of Tolkien later but for now this greatly satisfied my curiosity The lack of first hand sources leaves this biography feeling like a list of semi confirmed facts with a side of well meaning guesswork as to Tolkien s nature Over 100 million copies of the Lord of the Rings and 60 million copies of the Hobbit have been sold around the world Each of these books have been translated nto 30 languages ncluding Serbo Croat Icelandic Hebrew and RussianTolkien s works were a major component of 1960 s hippie culture and hundreds of Tolkien societies have flourished all over the world With the release of the smash hit Lord of the Rings movie series a new wave of Tolkienmania has swept the world and a welcome development too With the blurring of moral values we have seen n recent years we need an nfluence that makes the distinction between good and evil that shows that the forces of evil threatening the free world do not have to winIn this work Michael White delves Wishing for a Home into hte life of the creator of Middle Earth his birthn Bloemfontein South Africa the Dreamsnake idyllic childhoodn Sarehole England and his mother s conversion to Catholic Church and the tragic early death of his parents Tolkien s Catholic faith would be a major part of his entire lifeThe book covers the development of Tolkien s thought and literary tastes his romance with Edith Bratt who was to be his. Deve tanto l'origine uanto la fortuna di un ntero genere narrativo la fantasy eroica In uesto volume Michael White ci conduce alle radici dell'immaginario di.
Michael White was a British writer based in Sydney Australia He was a science editor of British G a columnist for the Sunday Express in London and 'in a previous incarnation' he was a member of the band the Thompson Twins 1982