I can't seem to quit reading The Hypnotist even though there are no likeable characters, the crimes are incredibly gruesome, and the writing makes me feel like I have a groggy flu. That could be the effect of a collaboration read in translation, or maybe I should take my temperature.
In the car, I can't log enough miles listening to Empire of the Summer Moon. Since the audio book has eighteen cds, it may run longer than my old Buick has miles left. The history of the Comanches and Quanah Parker is also full of torture of captives and horrible cruelty.
Both books are full of depredation, deprivation, and depravity. I hauled out the Big Red Dictionary, but to save time this morning I'll go with the Online Etymology Dictionary information:
- depredation late 15c., from M.Fr. déprédation, from L.L. depraedationem (nom. depraedatio) "a plundering," from pp. stem of L. depraedari "to pillage," from de- "thoroughly" (see de-) + praedari "to plunder," lit. "to make prey of," from praeda "prey" (see prey).
- deprave late 14c., "corrupt, lead astray, pervert," from O.Fr. depraver (14c.) or directly from L. depravare "distort, disfigure;" figuratively "to pervert, seduce, corrupt," from de- "completely" (see de-) + pravus"crooked." Related: Depraved; depraving.
- depravity 1640s; see deprave + -ity. Earlier in same sense was pravity, from L. pravitas.
- deprivation mid-15c., "removal from office or position," from M.L. deprivationem (nom. deprivatio), noun of action from pp. stem of deprivare (see deprive).
- deprived 1550s, "dispossessed," pp. adj. from deprive. As a euphemism for the condition of children who lack a stable home life, by 1945.
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