“Yet telling more is the reviewer’s (usually thankless) job. Still, spare a little pity for the critic, if you please; I’m doing delicate surgery here. This is an enormous, craftily sustained work of fiction, and while I consider the Internet-fueled concern with “spoilers” rather infantile, the true secrets of well-made fiction deserve to be kept.”
Want this book in my paws ASAP.
this cup is amazing
I want it D8
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Like so many growing gardens of love, things started out well.
Lewis and Tolkien were friends. Both were writers, both were invested in literature, both enjoyed poems and myths, both taught at Oxford, both were in some sort of book club, and both held
“For me, writing a novel is like having a dream. Writing a novel lets me intentionally dream while I’m still awake. I can continue yesterday’s dream today, something you can’t normally do in everyday life.”545 notes link >
Messenger of Thought: Treasures from the Rare Middle East Collections
Digital Exhibition at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library
The written word records man’s intellectual and spiritual journey. Words, whether written on clay, papyrus, parchment, or paper, are a lasting memorial of humankind. If words are the essence of books, the materials used and the technologies developed to write those words are the building blocks of a captured culture. In books, verbal collaborates with visual, textual with textural. This collaboration enhances meaning and invites intimacy between writer and reader. The arts of the book – papermaking and decorating, calligraphy, illumination, binding, were highly developed in Middle Eastern culture early in its history – in the ancient lands in which the written word was first developed, where papyrus and pen were first used and artwork was first added to elucidate the text. The elegant Arabic alphabet lent itself to numerous decorative forms and abstract patterns, entrancing the eye even when direct images could not. From ancient times to the present, the written word and the craft of Middle Eastern bookmakers has established law, recorded history and myth, inspired faith, stimulated intellectual exploration, and created bonds between cultures both east and west.
Simone de Beauvoir at her apartment in Paris, late 60’s. Photo: Jerry Bauer.
e-Staff Pick: The Curfew by Jesse Ball
Jenn says: “You should read this novel partly because it will make you think, and partly because it is surprising, but mostly because it is brilliant. Ball has created an intense portrait of a family being torn apart by war without giving any details other than those of the characters themselves—the war, their city, their country, are all unspecified, making the book a universal cry against political violence. But William and Molly, father and daughter, are achingly familiar, and their story will catch you and hold you captive. The Curfew is a short, precise, and haunting masterpiece.”
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