Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pro's Prose

"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.“
— Anais Nin

“‘He is ugly and sad,’ she said to Fermina Daza, ‘but he is all love.’“

— Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabrial Garcia Marquez

“Just the pleasure of looking was lovely. Though that was hardly the only reward.“

— Philip Roth, The Dying Animal 

vintage Roth image from Getty Images (via the Observer)

"I believe fervently in the nature, in truth and imagination, I believe in the blood, in life, words, and motivations." --- Gael Garcia Bernal

"My darling. I'm waiting for you. How long is the day in the dark? Or a week? The fire is gone, and I'm horribly cold. I really should drag myself outside but then there'd be the sun. I'm afraid I waste the light on the paintings, not writing these words. We die. We die rich with lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we've entered and swum up like rivers. Fears we've hidden in - like this wretched cave. I want all this marked on my body. Where the real countries are. Not boundaries drawn on mapswith the names of powerful men. I know you'll come carry me out to the Palace of Winds. That's what I've wanted: to walk in such a place with you. With friends, on an earth without maps. The lamp has gone out and I'm writing in the darkness." -- the English Patient by Michael Ondaatje 

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. --Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Oh how I love beautiful literature. The magic of words wielded by genius is a powerful magic indeed. The depth and imagery of good literary fiction is my drug of choice.


However, I also love me some guilty pleasure reading...for a fast, fun fix! (alliteration much?)

And, well, it IS June...sooooo...

Ranger or Morelli?

(Ranger gets my vote!)

Bill or Eric?




Aubrie said...

Those are all great quotes! I especially like the Charles Dickens one because I've felt that way about sun and shade before.

DL Hammons said...

Unfortunately, these days my guilty pleasure reading has far exceeded the exploring of fine prose. :)

foldingfields said...

yes, very yummy drug. xx

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

I love that Anais Nin quote. Similar to this one: The artist does not get down to work until the pain of not working is exceeded by the pain of working.

KarenG said...

Such wonderful quotes!

Crystal Cook said...

I don't think it's guilty pleasure reading, I think it's just a different type, but both have value. I love all those quotes. Especially Dickens and the English Patient.

And I'm all for Ranger too!!

Old Kitty said...

I;m so sorry but I'm going to show my ignorance and ask who Morelli or Ranger are? So sorry!!

But I love these quotes!! Love em!

Take care

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Great quotes! I wish classics such as Dickens were still popular nowadays. I hope they don't fade away amongst technology!

Sandy Shin said...

Lovely quotes. Beautiful words, phrases, sentences always leave me breathless.

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

I am with you. I read both. They are each a style that evokes emotion and for that they are both worthy of my time whenever the urge appears.

Thanks for some lovely quotes...oh and um...BOTH (BILL & ERIC) ;o)

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Kazzy said...

Now I want to reread The English Patient. :)

Falen said...

awesome quotes!

I'ma steal them for my quote book.

Falen said...

also Eric.
Straight up.

Patti said...

I love the English Patient and that's one of my favorite scenes.

j.leigh.bailey said...

I love that line by Dickens.


j.leigh.bailey said...

I love that line by Dickens.


mo.stoneskin said...

One of my favourite Dickens quotes. Of course, there's a lot about Dickens that irritates me immensely, and if you'd quoted a massive meandering passage that massaged itself in a pointless existence I would have squirmed in my seat, Uriah Heep would be turning in his grave.

Talli Roland said...

Great quotes! I love Dickens' one about sun and shade.

Watery Tart said...

Those ARE some great excerpts--powerful examples of literature... and I also LOVE a good literary book.

Oddly though, when I am in writing mode, somehow I can't summon the attention span to truly appreciate them... I need a lighter read--I find I learn from the mistakes made in a more 'mainstream' book. It almost seems I should take a break a couple times a year to just read a great book.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

Eric, definitely. Wait, you're talking about that true blood series, right?

Palindrome said...

Who's Ranger or Morelli??

And yes, I pick Eric too!!

Can't wait till it starts up again!! Squeee!!!

Carolyn V. said...

I love your quotes! =)

Eric? I need to read some more books. =D

Ann said...

I loved the excrepts. Wonderful examples of the beauty and emotion words create.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm more about the guilty pleasure reading, although I call it genre research.

TechnoBabe said...

Yes, the magic of words. Absolutely. Reading books is my favorite pastime other than listening to music. Aaah.

Cheeseboy said...

That Dickens quote is like it is made of magic.

Jeff King said...


Jon Paul said...

The heart is an organ of fire.

The problem is I keep getting burned--though some days, I don't mind so much.


Lola Sharp said...

JP-- K is for Katharine. :)

Everyone-- Morelli and Ranger are from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. SO freaking fun (and funny!). #15 comes out this month.(start w/ One for the Money...and laugh your way through all of them.)

Bill and Eric are from Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (True Blood is based on them--which comes back on the 13th)

Mo--You're right, Dickens can indeed go on at length over every detail. I like the brevity and truth of this bit.

Terresa said...

Delicious quotes to slurp up. Thank you for the servings!! mmmmmm.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Eric! Bill needs to get a life. ;)

Love the quotes.

Lorel Clayton said...

I love The English Patient, Dickens...and ERIC of course!

Elliot Grace said...

...spent half a semester studying Charlie's works. In that era there was no one better.

Geez, what am I saying? In THIS era there's no one better!

G.~ said...

Oohhh, I have goosebumps. Thanks for that, really! I'm totally inspired to write some today, which comes few and far between for me lately so thanks.

Laura Marcella said...

RANGER!!! I like Morelli, too, but there's just something oh so tantalizing about Ranger!

Beautiful quotes! I love literature. :)

Creepy Query Girl said...

YEah, I'm a sucker for pretty prose and descriptive words. I guess that's why my ms was so overwritten!

Lola Sharp said...

Laura--I AGREE. Morelli IS hot. But Ranger...Ranger is smokin' hot, sexy (smexy), and ...dude.

CQG--Me too. That's why we have second (and third) drafts/revisions. For me, it ripping a lot of darlings out.

Elliot--I don't know about 'better', because I like lots of flavors...but excellent, yes.

Tricia---Agree...Bill is Ptew!

Alex and DL---Guilty Pleasure Reading is good too! One can't have steak and lobster for every meal...a juicy burger or chocolate cake is yummy too.

Hannah--I answered your question in my above comment. :)

Everyone--I adore you! Thank you for being here and taking the time to chat with me. :)

Talei said...

Hi Lola, lovely lovely post. I esp love The English Patient.. 'the lamp has gone out and I'm writing in the darkness'. ;) Oh and I'm a Ranger gal! xx

Janet Johnson said...

I'm usually on a fun fix. But every now and then . . .

Great quotes. Thanks for sharing!

Nishant said...

I love The English Patient
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kimberlyloomis said...

What lovely quotes. Thank you so much for sharing. Right now I'm ALL about the guilty pleasure reads as well and taking a wee break from literary fiction. It wasn't intentional, but sometimes you just want that sugary treat instead of steak. ;)

Kittie Howard said...

Love the quotes...Dickens is my favorite...all inspire!

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