I see my mind as a tapestry woven through with memories, dreams and thoughts.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Sunday Snippet

I have just finished reading 'The Children's Book' A.S. Byatt

In the beginning ...

'The Wellwood's Midsummer was a slightly movable feast ... Philip was assigned to help with the decoration of the garden and orchard. ... All chairs were requisitioned - wicker chairs, deckchairs, schoolroom chairs, the nursery rocking chair, cane and metal garden chairs. They were placed in arbours, in the clearing in the centre of the shrubbery, even in the orchard. Then the lanterns were swung from branches ...'

The idyllic summers of Edwardian times, when it seemed that the 'ideal life' could become a reality

... to ...

'They sat, the survivors, quietly round the dinner table, and drank to the memory of Leon. ... Philip sat at the end of the table in a wheelchair that supported his leg. ...'

... a portrayal of the ravages of war.


Spangle said...

Great 'Sunday Snippet', I like that we get 2 for the price of one!

I love the contrast between the two snippet too.

Pagan Sphinx said...

You are an A.S. Byatt fan! I'm a fan. Particularly of that trilogy which includes The Virgin in the Garden (if I am not mistaken about it). Tower of Babel was really captivating and though tough to read in places, it was worth it. I think about it from time to time.

I've not heard of this particular book. I will have to ask about it at the library.

I'm glad you liked the Babar post. It was fun to put together!


My Castle in Spain said...

i like a moveable feast :-)

your little package was shipped today..hope you receive it soon. Many thanks again.
Have a great day..!
(freezing here)

aguja said...

Thank you! Eager to receive it!
Warmish and windy here.