Thursday, 17 April 2008

I think the Prussians might lose

These tin men are of lousy quality, and I have no idea where to put them or what to do with them. (Hmm, I might paint them, come to think of it.) For now they can do whatever they like in one of my book shelves.



4 comments:

princessmillatwoshoes said...

chuckle. the tin men are awesome.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! I love that the battlefield they are fighting on has the ups and down--the topographical dimensionality of a real battlefield! There is nothing static about this confrontation!! :) The Battle of the Books....what more valuable real estate could there be, to fight over?? :) Chris R.

The Waves said...

princessmillatwoshoes: I know, I saw them at this small flea-market-combined-vintage-store and just had to get them...

Chris R.: yup, agreed! Seriously speaking though, there are all sorts of parallels between battles over ideologies and those over books... Just think about the crusades, and the power of a single book is pretty palpable...

Anonymous said...

:) Yes, I see now the allusion you make, to books and battlefields! Very clever! Do you know what, Waves, seeing your post here--these wonderful little metal men--and your response to my own comment made me remember that I have my own little pewter fighting men downstairs, in a display case in my living room...and I was positive, from memory, that the little warriors were representations of American Civil War soldiers...but just now, on a trip downstairs to see why my kitties were fighting so loudly, and so crashingly, I thought to look in on my soldiers, and I found they were actually crusades-era European knights, all decked out in finest armor, their longswords in hand, visors down, ready for combat. I was amazed I could have mis-remembered this so severely...and Waves, I absolutely agree with your points about the parallels you mentioned in your response...but the thing that really saddens me is that it isn't necessarily the book itself that causes strife and warfare, and hatred, but rather the misinterpretation of the message of the book by infallible humans...I mean, I am sure that Muhammad and Jesus would weep over the attrocitities done in their names (from the Crusades right up to our modern era). There are exceptions, of course...I mean, Mein Kampf pretty clearly states the message of the author. Oh sorry, I have become way too serious, so I shall stop. But I hope you leave these little soldiers where they are--fighting the good fight for book real estate--forever and ever. I am moving my own warriors to a place where I will see them so that I shall not disrespect their purposes by forgetting for what era, and for what cause, they donned their garb of combat. Chris R.