Category Archives: Folio Society Reviews

[FS] Descartes’ Meditations & Other Writings

René Descartes (1596-1650) was a French philosopher, writer, and mathematician considered to be the ‘Father of Modern Philosophy’. Cartesian dualism (separation of mind & body) and the famous quote, “I think… therefore, I am” all came from Descartes. His Meditations are one of the most important and significant philosophical works ever, and there’s not much else to note as far… Read more »

[FS] Cicero: Orations

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Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC) was a Roman Renaissance man before there even was a Renaissance in the first place. He’s best known for being one of the best orators in recorded human history. In fact, Petrarch’s rediscovery of the letters of Cicero is often credited with being the ‘germ’ of the 14th century Renaissance. Cicero’s influence… Read more »

[FS] Candide by Voltaire

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Candide by Voltaire, first published in 1759 is a French satire and one of the greatest works of literature ever penned. It’s had various subtitles over the years, but the most common one is “Candide: or, Optimism”. Candide is a picaresque novella, which ridiculed via allegories a variety of topics, events, and people of its time. Its sharp wit provoked… Read more »

[FS] Animal Farm by George Orwell

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The Folio Society (Affiliate link) | Animal Farm [FS] 2002 Reprint (Amazon used book link)Ever since I read Animal Farm as part of my ninth grade English course (as part of an anthology – it’s a slim volume, so it’s easy to anthologize). I’ve always wanted to own Animal Farm in a nice edition, and had been holding off my… Read more »

[FS] Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

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Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee is one of my favorite books, and I’ve selected it as my first Folio Society book to be featured on Ephemeral Pursuits. [Full disclosure, I’ve affiliated with the Folio Society in order to receive a percentage of any sale made from their website if you reach their site via my website’s links. I cannot link directly… Read more »