French Friday: Learning languages to see beyond yourself, and Action Items…

I’m scheduling another related post ahead of time, since next coming Shabbat is Rosh HaShannah…). I just wanted to get my French Fridays started.

(Interested fellow book worms can click on my 1001 N. link below for current updates on my reading status, as I read one of the printed Public Domain versions of Antoine G.’s original French version of the stories while listening to the LibreVox audio version, which so far is a great deal more complete than what I’d initially thought to be the Gutenberg project’s scan of the printed version! …)

I have always been fascinated by the stories of the Near East, the Middle East, the Fertile Crescent, and especially around the Mediterranean. I love the stories of the 1001 Nights, and listening (though the versions I’m finding seem to be pretty different, with some versions leaving out entire stories, like the famous talking head!) to the web spun by our heroine under pressure is incredible!

I’m absolutely gobsmacked, as I read, of the willingness to potentially sacrifice her own life, taking the risk in order to save all of them, even if it is ‘just fiction,’ it is still very real. I believe that because we see people risk their lives each day IRL, as they now say in the Internet Age, to save other people they have never met. Such heroism has always existed, but rarely been praised in a woman.

And the stories within stories, which seems to have been left out of the eBook version from Project Guttenberg that I am reading as I listen to the LibreVox/AudioBooks version being narrated. I know that there are many compilations, but I’d have imagined that the Guttenberg version would have been complete. Or perhaps I simply downloaded the first version I saw of this Public Domain work, assuming that there would only be one scanned version: silly me! I’m very glad that the audio version is far more complete! 🙂

So far, the Sultan has decided to give our intrepid lifesaving lady one month to live, but he doesn’t tell her that! Talk about singing, or rather story-telling, for your supper! Wow!!

-This week’s updates:

September 10, 2020 – 16.0% “Le 50ieme nuit, au LibreVox, c’est le XLIe nuit dans le livre écrit. J’ai hâte de savoir demain si la princesse va se marier avec le Prince singe…
50th night in audiobook is 41st night in e-book. I am dying to know whether or not the princess will marry the prince ape…” September 9, 2020 – 16.0% “Le 49eme nuit, dans le livre audio, c’est le XLe nuit , a 23%, dans le livre Kindle, ce que manque l’histoire de l’ennui meurtrier qui a fait le maître derviche se jeter dans le puits.” September 9, 2020 – 15.0% “Le singe qu’écrit…
Thé ape that writes…” September 8, 2020 – 15.0% “”et il l’a baissa aux yeux.”
And he kissed her on the eyes. Just as Greeks still do today!” September 7, 2020 – 14.0% “Uh oh: yet another underground palace?
Autre Palais souterrain ?” September 6, 2020 – 13.0% “50 cavaliers : ça ne semble pas du tout bien…
50 bandits : that doesn’t look good at all for the Prince and the ambassador to India…” September 6, 2020 – 13.0% “L’histoire des trois Calenders c’est le 23e nuit dans le livre, mais, dans le livre audio c’est le 30ème nuit.” September 6, 2020 – 13.0% “Again, the written version has edited out parts of the audio book, so I am hearing descriptions of beautiful ladies and dropped baskets that the e-book left out. Glad I decided to listen to the audio version of the book.” September 5, 2020 – page 19 8.19% “Il me manque dans la version écrit de cette tome, l’histoire du roi grec et du médecin du Bain, mais l’histoire est lu dans la version de livre Vox! je croyais que toutes les versions de l’histoire originaires en français c’etait la même.” September 5, 2020 – page 19 8.19% “”La nécessité donne de l’esprit.”. Cette phrase est nouvelle pour moi. Voilà j’ai appris ce soir.” September 4, 2020 – page 19 8.19% “De plaindre au fortune et prier au Dieu. Intéressant…

Reminds me of the trial at Auschwitz where God was found guilty of violating his contract with his chosen people, and then those who conducted the trial said ‘okay it’s time for the evening prayers.'” September 4, 2020 – page 19 8.19% “Mais, c’est pas possible ça ! Comme laisse-t-il, retenir l’histoire du 3e vieillard, le sultan ?” September 4, 2020 – page 19 8.19% “Bravo, le sang froid de !Shéhérazade !
Excellent grâce under pressure, Shéhérazade !”

I am very very thankful that we have libraries, the internet, and kind people who lend their time and talents to teach us and encourage all of us to learn and to wonder. Please join me in wondering, and in learning to build a more hopeful world.

Books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music all have a strong effect on how people view the world. So, here are some Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic book, or grab your favorite version of the The Arabian Nights (yes, I know: the 1001 Nights was by some French guy who made up a few stories and inserted them into older Arabic and Persian stories that may have come from India, but still…) or any other story, in an original language, if possible! 🙂

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

1. #libraries,

2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,

3. #UniversalHealthCare, and

4. good #publictransport

Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !

#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 ShiraDest

my First French Friday, 18 September, 12020 HE

(but scheduled on Sunday, 6 September, almost a week ahead of time…)

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