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

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Sunday Snippet

As I have just finished reading 'The Lantern', I shall share three snippets from it:

'That afternoon, as I left him in the kitchen and went upstairs to the library room, a light switched itself on. One moment, I was on the the twilit stairs, carrying a notebook in one hand and a cup of tea in the other, and the next the room ahead of me was flooded with brightness.
I stopped and listened. No sound.'

'When I smelled that perfume, I was drawn back helplessly into a sunlit world of Maman's flaky almond biscuits with their hint of bitter apricot kernel, earth-like cocoa powder clinging to our bare legs, light, warm winds sifting sugared scents from the kitchen where the orange mirabelles were being bottled; and on, far beyond the aromatic, to the distant sound of the goat bells .....'

'Too late an image flared in my mind: the battered old lantern with the stub of candle burning. The puddle of light on the path. But by then I had been dismissed and was on my way out. I could have turned back and mentioned it. But I didn't.'

These snippets are from 'The Lantern' by Deborah Lawrenson.

I hope that you find the flavour of the novel and the subtlety of the words and the way in which they are used entice you into reading the book.


Spangle said...

Great Snippets! I love the descriptions in the middle 'snippet'. I have wanted to read 'The Lantern' for a while, but this post makes me want to read it even more!

Ricardo Miñana said...

Pasaba a saludarte me voy de vacaciones hasta Septiembre,
que tengas una feliz semana.
un abrazo.

Style, She Wrote said...

Sounds like a great read! Thanks for sharing. xo style, she wrote

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Those snip-its make me long for me=ore. Hope to read this one sometime.

linda said...

oh wow, i have been keeping up with Deborah's book and these are great snippets to give a good flavor of the book...thanks for sharing, i can't wait to read it....and that pink hibiscus is fabulous...wow!! how delicious is that?? xox

aguja said...

To each of you I would say, "Yes, read 'The Lantern', particularly as it is so well written". I hope that the snippets hint at both the darkness and the light.