I don't remember liking this. But now that I read some Woolf, maybe I will.
"There is a true art in it, this command of tear and dinner tables; this aI don't remember liking this. But now that I read some Woolf, maybe I will.
"There is a true art in it, this command of tear and dinner tables; this animating correctness. Men may congratulate themselves for writing truly and passionately about the movement of nations; they may consider war and the search for God to be great literature's only subjects; but if men's standing in the world could be toppled by an ill-advised choice of hat, English literature would be dramatically changed."
"It isn't failure, she tells herself. It isn't failure to be in these rooms, in your skin, cutting the stems of flowers."
"Yes, Clariss thinks, it's time for the day to be over. We throw our parties; we abandon our families to live alone in Canada; we struggle to write books that do not change the world, despite our gifts and our unstinting efforts, our most extravagant hopes. We live our lives, do whatever we do, and then we sleep -- it's as simple and ordinary as that. A few jump out windows or drown themselves or take pills; more die by accident; and most of us, the vast majority, are slowly devoured by some disease or, if we're ver fortunate, by times itself. There's just this for consolation: an hour here or there when our lives seem, against all odds and expectations, to burst open and give us everything we've ever imagined though everyone but children (and perhaps even they) knows these hours will inevitable be followed by others, far darker and more difficult. Still, we cherish the city, the morning, we hope, more than anything for more." ...more
I was given this book to read for my Choir CP class junior in High School by Mr. Zwier. I loved it back then. Forgot about it, then found it in my booI was given this book to read for my Choir CP class junior in High School by Mr. Zwier. I loved it back then. Forgot about it, then found it in my bookstore. I have yet to reread it, but I think I'll understand more now than I did 15 years ago. ...more