Tuesday, May 22, 2007

“It’s impossible to say a thing exactly the way it was, because what you say can never be exact, you always have to leave something out, there are too many parts, sides, crosscurrents, nuances; too many gestures, which could mean this or that, too many shapes which can never be fully described, too many flavours, in the air or on the tongue, half-colours, too many.”

-The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

4 comments:

  1. *sigh*

    How beautifully expressed. She does have a way with words, doesn't she?

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  2. Yes you definitely have to give her that - a wonderful way with words. :)

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  3. That's how I feel about reviewing books. I'm always, always going to miss something because there are so many angles from which you can approach any one book and loads of different things you can read into a storyline based on your own personal experience. I've really got to read that author. I feel like I can't catch up with myself - there are just too many books I want to read!

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  4. Nancy,
    Oh I know that feeling very well- the one where I can never catch up with all the books I want to read. And I agree with you about all the factors that can go into how we react to a certain book. But that's also what makes it interesting to hear how other people feel about the same book. Maybe we just have to accept that we'll never get every nuance and flavour?

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