This was a great week for book quotes…
From Sebastian Barry, The Temporary Gentleman
“Just now and then, in my effort to form some sort of narrative, to touch accidentally on something rawer than a mere wound…I have evoked the gods of truth, and they will have their way with me.”
I am often mesmerized by the lyricism of Barry’s writing. Even in paper form I can almost hear the lilt of his Irish characters. I am also drawn to the idea that “truth” is found my accident, but once we stumble upon it, we are helpless to its power.
From Jonathan Tropper, Everything Changes
“Somewhere there’s a therapist alone in his office staring wistfully at the door, just waiting for a patient like you.”
I’ve felt this. I’ve had moments of thinking my problems, issues, neurosis are the stuff of therapists’ dreams and that’s Tropper’s gift. I am not a 30-something Jewish man with daddy issues, but I still relate to his protagonists. Plus, he’s just funny.
From Christie Watson, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away
“I tried to close my imagination, but it stayed open like a book that has been read too often. ”
This quote came back to me when a fellow Goodreads member liked my review of this book. I was immediately taken back to when I read it and my amazement at Watson’s ability to balance both hope and horror, which seems to be all I read of Africa.
From W.G. Sebald, Vertigo
“It is thanks to my evening reading alone that I am still more or less sane.”
My favorite Daily Quote from Goodreads. Although I’ve never read the book or the author, it sums me up perfectly.
I’d love to know what lines have caught your attention.