Wednesday, January 14, 2009

'Because They Were Pretty'

Quotes I like from books I've read recently:
"The grandma's feet were lovely as pink pearls and dressed in velvety high heels that made her walk with a wobble, but she wore them anyway because they were pretty." —The House on Mango Street (I am pretty sure this is exactly what I will be like when I am a grandma.)
"We assume that because these people had shapes like ours, were so much like us, that they felt the same. Perhaps no one had taught them loneliness? Is that such a ridiculous question? Or sorrow?" —The Cleft
"But books, and sometimes movies, are more personal than that; they can be mutually appreciated, but the specific reasons for loving them cannot satisfactorily be shared." —The Fourth Hand (Don't construe this as a book recommendation—Irving can do so much better.)


At 1/22/09, 10:34 AM, Blogger Frayda said...

I took out "The Cleft" from the library yesterday. It looked interesting. What did you think of it? If you would like, I can share my opinion after I read it.

At 1/22/09, 2:18 PM, Blogger Eli7 said...

The Cleft was weird. It was definitely interesting--I'll give it that, though it didn't particularly hold my attention. I guess in the end it brings up a lot of interesting ideas, but I don't really know what to think about any of them. Maybe I just like my fiction to be more subtle. I'd be happy to hear what you think after reading it.

At 1/23/09, 6:01 AM, Blogger Frayda said...

Is the weirdness similar to "The Giver"?

At 1/25/09, 7:42 PM, Blogger Eli7 said...

It's a different sort of weirdness than The Giver. A weirdness bred out of the fact that Lessing so clearly has an agenda, perhaps. I don't know how to describe it even, but I'd love to hear what you think of the novel.


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