Saturday, 22 November 2014

The word collective: Novels.

Words. They are raw and honest, the foundations of our being. They are incredulous - curves and lines etched into paper in the hush of the night , only to scale heights of enlightenment at the base of a soul no one can decipher. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: words are my true passion. I like the flow of words, the soft rhythms, the beautiful sentences. I like the feeling of ordering words correctly or feeling enlightened for another writer when they achieve this wonderful, self-fulfilling feat.

Which I why I want to share with you 10 unappreciated works of wordy art. Now some of these aren't under-appreciated, I know that. In fact, the majority of them, if anything are far from it, some even potentially over-appreciated.

But people often appreciate words as a large collection of thousands: a collective impact that infiltrates your nerve endings and causes your synapses to electrify with passion and gratefulness for the simply joy of reading. Thus, I have compiled a collection of my favourite quotations in books, that have each meant something to me or shaped me in some way. These are the small collections of words that I have folded the page corner down in the deadly stillness and solidity of my thoughts. These are the small collectives, that I, as a word collector, have savoured for myself. And I would very much like you to savour them for yourself too.

So here goes (probably not a lot):


Girl, Interrupted - Susanna Kaysen

“Was insanity just a matter of dropping the act?” 

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

"Beauty alters the grain of reality. And I keep thinking too of the more conventional wisdom: namely, that the pursuit of pure beauty is a trap, a fast track to bitterness and sorrow, that beauty has to be wedded to something more meaningful."

The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides

“In the end we had the pieces of the puzzle, but no matter how we put them together, gaps remained, oddly shaped emptinesses mapped by what surrounded them, like countries we couldn't name.” 

“Words, words, word. Once, I had the gift. I could make love out of words as a potter makes cups of clay. Love that overthrows empire. Love that binds two hearts together, come hellfire & brimstone. For sixpence a line, I could cause a riot in a nunnery. But now -- I have lost my gift. It's as if my quill is broken, as if the organ of my imagination has dried up, as if the proud -illegible word- of my genius has collapsed.” 

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

“I felt sorry when I came to the last page. I wanted to crawl in between those black lines of print the way you crawl through a fence.”

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathon Safran Foer

“I like to see people reunited, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can't tell fast enough, the ears that aren't big enough, the eyes that can't take in all of the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.” 

One Day - David Nicholls

“Sometimes, when it's going badly, she wonders if what she believes to be a love of the written word is really just a fetish for stationery. The true writer, the born writer, will scribble words on scraps of litter, the back of a bus tickets, on the wall of a cell .Emma is lost on anything less than 120gsm.” 

The Lovely Bones - Anna Sebold

“These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections-sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent-that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events that my death wrought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous body had been my life.” 

Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

“That's what I love about poetry. The more abstract, the better. The stuff where you're not sure what the poet's talking about. You may have an idea, but you can't be sure. Not a hundred percent. Each word, specifically chosen, could have a million different meanings. Is it a stand-in-a symbol-for another idea? Does it fit into a larger, more hidden, metaphor?” 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephan Chbosky 

“And I think it's bad when the most honest way a boy can look at a girl is through a camera.” 

The Time Travellers Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

“There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.” 


Did you find a favourite in these small collection of words, bound together by passion and enlightenment?



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