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I giorni del potere
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“Each one of us must go from this place and tell what he has seen.” Several people nodded vigorously. They were listening—but Philip wanted more. He wanted to inspire them. Preaching had never been his forte. He was not one of those men who could hold a crowd rapt, make them laugh and cry, and persuade them to follow him anywhere. He did not know how to put a tremor in his voice and make the light of glory shine from his eyes. He was a practical, earthbound man; and right now he needed to speak like an angel. “Soon every man, woman and child in Canterbury will know that the king’s men murdered ...more
Some speakers can inspire a crowd with fake emotions and dubious facts, but that’s not Philip’s way. He’s no demagogue. He has to be honest. And he turns out to be even more inspiring because of it.
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It was a revolutionary idea, to build big strengthening members in a position where they would be starkly visible. But it was part of the new style to show how the building was being held up. Anyway, his instinct said this was right. The more he thought about it, the better he liked it. He visualized the church from the west. The half-arches would look like the wings of a flight of birds, all in a line, just about to take off. They need not be massive. As long as they were well made they could be slender and elegant, light yet strong, just like a bird’s wing. Winged buttresses, he thought, for ...more
Jack is fictional, of course, but there must have been a moment like this in real life, when a medieval builder thought of the idea of flying buttresses; and I bet that guy remembered that moment for the rest of his life.
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They went all the way down the turret stairs and came out on the ground. Aliena felt weak. Jack turned to her and said in a conversational tone: “I was reading in the cloisters, and looked up and saw you in the clerestory.” She looked at his young face, so full of concern and tenderness; and she remembered why she had run away from everyone else and sought solitude here. She yearned to kiss him, and she saw the answering longing in his eyes. Every fiber of her body told her to throw herself into his arms, but she knew what she had to do. She wanted to say I love you like a thunderstorm, like a ...more
This scene brings tears to my eyes even now, decades after I wrote it. Am I proud of it? You bet your socks.
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Branchie by Niccolò Ammaniti
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L’avessi letto a suo tempo, quando ne ho sentito parlare la prima volta, forse questo libro l’avrei adorato. Adesso, vuoi perché sono cambiata io, vuoi perché non è più tanto una novità, il tema dell’assurdo non mi fa più ridere. Leggendo le situazio ...more
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La profezia dell'armadillo. Artist edition by Zerocalcare
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Come prevedevo, Zerocalcare non mi ha deluso neanche con la sua “opera prima”: bella la storia di contorno, belle le strisce auto-conclusive, belli i disegni. Insomma, una lettura molto piacevole!
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Cuore di tenebra by Joseph Conrad
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Questo libro mi è proprio piaciuto, l’avevo abbandonato anni fa ma stavolta l'ho letto veramente con piacere. Però alla fine devo ammettere di non averlo capito appieno. La nota introduttiva sicuramente mi ha chiarito un po’ le cose, ma ancora questo ...more
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