Ruth Lewis’s Profile

Sign in to Goodreads to learn more about Ruth.

http://www.goodreads.com/ruthlessme

Ruth's Recent Updates

Ruth Lewis wants to read
Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ruth Lewis wants to read
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ruth Lewis wants to read
In My Father's Den by Maurice Gee
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ruth Lewis rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ruth Lewis finished reading
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ruth Lewis rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ruth Lewis rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ruth Lewis rated a book 5 of 5 stars
A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ruth Lewis rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ruth Lewis rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
The Secret Scripture
by Sebastian Barry
read in July, 2014
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of Ruth's books…
David Mitchell
“Soul is a verb.”
David Mitchell

David Mitchell
“Gulls wheel through spokes of sunlight over gracious roofs and dowdy thatch, snatching entrails at the marketplace and escaping over cloistered gardens, spike topped walls and treble-bolted doors. Gulls alight on whitewashed gables, creaking pagodas and dung-ripe stables; circle over towers and cavernous bells and over hidden squares where urns of urine sit by covered wells, watched by mule-drivers, mules and wolf-snouted dogs, ignored by hunch-backed makers of clogs; gather speed up the stoned-in Nakashima River and fly beneath the arches of its bridges, glimpsed form kitchen doors, watched by farmers walking high, stony ridges. Gulls fly through clouds of steam from laundries' vats; over kites unthreading corpses of cats; over scholars glimpsing truth in fragile patterns; over bath-house adulterers, heartbroken slatterns; fishwives dismembering lobsters and crabs; their husbands gutting mackerel on slabs; woodcutters' sons sharpening axes; candle-makers, rolling waxes; flint-eyed officials milking taxes; etiolated lacquerers; mottle-skinned dyers; imprecise soothsayers; unblinking liars; weavers of mats; cutters of rushes; ink-lipped calligraphers dipping brushes; booksellers ruined by unsold books; ladies-in-waiting; tasters; dressers; filching page-boys; runny-nosed cooks; sunless attic nooks where seamstresses prick calloused fingers; limping malingerers; swineherds; swindlers; lip-chewed debtors rich in excuses; heard-it-all creditors tightening nooses; prisoners haunted by happier lives and ageing rakes by other men's wives; skeletal tutors goaded to fits; firemen-turned-looters when occasion permits; tongue-tied witnesses; purchased judges; mothers-in-law nurturing briars and grudges; apothecaries grinding powders with mortars; palanquins carrying not-yet-wed daughters; silent nuns; nine-year-old whores; the once-were-beautiful gnawed by sores; statues of Jizo anointed with posies; syphilitics sneezing through rotted-off noses; potters; barbers; hawkers of oil; tanners; cutlers; carters of night-soil; gate-keepers; bee-keepers; blacksmiths and drapers; torturers; wet-nurses; perjurers; cut-purses; the newborn; the growing; the strong-willed and pliant; the ailing; the dying; the weak and defiant; over the roof of a painter withdrawn first from the world, then his family, and down into a masterpiece that has, in the end, withdrawn from its creator; and around again, where their flight began, over the balcony of the Room of Last Chrysanthemum, where a puddle from last night's rain is evaporating; a puddle in which Magistrate Shiroyama observes the blurred reflections of gulls wheeling through spokes of sunlight. This world, he thinks, contains just one masterpiece, and that is itself.”
David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

John Pu...
320 books | 812 friends

Owen Bu...
470 books | 4 friends

Jim
Jim
2,250 books | 152 friends

Nat
Nat
179 books | 52 friends

John Ir...
569 books | 1,153 friends

David
307 books | 203 friends

Bonnie
23 books | 10 friends

Claire ...
165 books | 12 friends

More friends…



Polls voted on by this member