this has to be one of the best essay introductions i have ever read
i'll just quote the last bit of it but reading the entire intro from the beginning makes this last paragraph way better
and the whole thing has such great rhythm and flow to it
The end, except I’ve left everything out. The stories he hears, both before the transformation and after, are—some of ’em at least—gold. And the author has set things up so there is an implicit running commentary every step of the way, for the benefit of anybody who’s really paying attention to what’s going on. Once you grasp that Apuleius is right up there with Jonathan Swift in terms of playing dumb while installing deep ironies and perversities, you are suddenly faced with a book that will stand up to a half dozen rereadings.Apuleius called this book Metamorphoses. History knows it as The Golden Ass.
Apuleius called this book Metamorphoses. History knows it as The Golden Ass.
the whole piece is good tho
part 2 https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2018/03/14/memoirs-of-an-ass-part-two/
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