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Pathways is a collection of my very best short essays of 2015. Each has been reviewed, edited, and polished for clarity.
Footnotes have been added.
A new topical organization scheme has been added.
A complete index has been added.
So it is very easy to locate any topic of interest. And with the great variety of subjects, persons, places, and ideas covered, this is very important.
Pathways, like my previous books, is a store-house of knowledge for those who want more depth and guidance in their reading.
We are concerned with real life lessons here: how to live life in the best way, how to break through barriers, how to overcome obstacles, and how to persevere in adversity.
And in being surrounded by the great and the wise, we ourselves can become greater and wiser.
One reader told me that he intended to read one short essay each night to his sons before they went to bed. I can’t think of a higher compliment than this.
And there is real value in having all 56 of these essays in one place for easy reference and referral.
The book’s back cover reads:
Pathways is a collection of Quintus Curtius’s very best short essays from 2015. Speaking in an original and compelling voice, these essays cover a stimulating variety of subjects in history, philosophy, current events, ethics, biography, physical health, travel, and language.
Pathways offers a rich trove of wisdom gained from harrowing experience, a powerful impression of an expansive worldview, and a timeless inspiration in the turbulent journey of life.
Quintus Curtius is a trial attorney, traveler, translator, and former Marine officer.
The following excerpt is from the book’s introduction:
This volume collects what I consider to be my most important short essays of 2015. The selection covers topics in history, ethics, language, physical fitness, biography, travel, masculinity, and other subjects.
Readers of my previous books Thirty-Seven and Pantheon will feel the connective tissues of persistent themes that embrace the whole: endurance, struggle, the quest for achievement and knowledge, glory, tragedy, defeat, and redemption. These are eternal themes, because they are the themes of life itself.
If this author has erred, in the preparation of this book, on the side of exuberant prolixity, he hopes that the patient reader will be mindful of the need to give these great motifs the extended treatment they deserve. Human drama must be granted proper room to breathe, and the space to sing its harmonies.
Each of these essays has been carefully edited for clarity. Many have been expanded and amplified from their original form. Footnotes have been added where necessary, and I have also included an index.
Let us plunge recklessly into these waters, and test both wave and current. For a great expanse has been laid out before us, and the lessons we learn now are the fuel that will power all coming journeys.
For as Lucan says (IV.191): at this moment our era can exert a tremendous influence on the future.
Rio de Janeiro
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