Read something…

if you’ve exhausted all I’ve posted, I’ll list some stand out books I’ve had the privilege of reading – you may want to take a leaf or two.

Recommends you won’t regret:

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman His Dark Materials – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski  House of Leaves – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ghostwritten – David Mitchell Ghostwritten – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Byron Easy – Jude Cook No links with any permanence regarding this but turnuppable on Amazon easily enough. Dark but enlightening.

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame And here’s why:

He thought his happiness was complete when, as he meandered aimlessly along, suddenly he stood by the edge of a full-fed river. Never in his life had he seen a river before—this sleek, sinuous, full-bodied animal, chasing and chuckling, gripping things with a gurgle and leaving them with a laugh, to fling itself on fresh playmates that shook themselves free, and were caught and held again. All was a-shake and a-shiver—glints and gleams and sparkles, rustle and swirl, chatter and bubble. The Mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated. By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spellbound by exciting stories; and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.

4 thoughts on “Read something…”

  1. I’m halfway through Wind in the Willows myself thanks to Swarn’s enthusiasm for the book. I read it when I was a wee thing of course, but had no idea of the riches that await one if taken in as an adult. (One who loves words anyway, Toad still irritates me quite a lot.) I write because I’ve been collecting my favourite parts to quote in a post once the book is finished and your choice above was copied from the tome and put to one side by myself, exactly as it stands . . . only last night. *smiles*.

    – esme enjoying a good punt down the river with the Cloud stuffed into a hamper

    1. Yeah, Toad’s a complete toad.
      I was grabbed by the descriptive writing—especially that of the river—it rocks my boat baby*.

      On collecting quotes do look about a bit for where a couple of the characters were themselves looking about a bit for the errant Toad. Again on the river (about midnight). No reference to hand but it was that part of the story that was so strikingly written.

      * boat babies get to sleep easy (the cradle effect)

      1. I’m just done and a fine jaunt it was too *beams*. The part you said to look out for – it was when Mole and Rat were searching for the baby otter rather than Toad yes? Beautiful piece of prose indeed. Your subconscious was waving in the background by mentioning boat babies methinks *winks and nods*.

        Rat was a fine fellow, esme would happily stop at his gaff to sup ale of an afternoon and watch the river run by and by.

        – esme of Cloud fame missing everyone along the riverbank already barring tedious Toad.

        1. Should pay more mind to the subconscious eh. No, better not—I’d get locked up. I’m sure you’re right re. lost small otters vs errant amphib.
          I can attribute such a faux of pas tho to the prose’s quality—it didn’t allow such a small thing as plot to either register or be considered in this here dark hole of the ‘tap tap’ noggin, for fear of eclipsing the writing’s real beauty.

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