Thursday, August 18, 2011
Finny is athletic and charming - he can talk his way out of any potential trouble, even when he doesn't really make any sense. His friend and roommate (and our narrator), Gene, is booksmart and reserved - he tries to be a good student and to follow the rules, but Finny always seems to get his way. There is something about him that is impossible to resist. That's what started it - just a tiny spark of jealousy, of resentment - and an accident in a tree on the school grounds changes everything.
Or was it an accident?
Either way, things will never be the same again - for any of them.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
This ethnography, based on about two years of fieldwork, takes us to a village Boddy calls "Hofriyat" (names of individuals and the name of the village have been changed) in northern Sudan. Although the people in this part of the country speak Arabic and are largely Muslim, the people in this (and other) villages also maintain a strong belief and indulgence in a very specific form of spirit possession - these spirits are known as zār.
Monday, August 1, 2011
As the days go by, though, Drizzt realizes that while he can survive outside the city, he is still not able to truly live in the solitude he must endure. Friends eventually come from some unlikely places, but Drizzt soon finds that he cannot outrun his heritage. After all, another characteristic of the drow is that they do not easily forget when they have been slighted - nor do they forgive.