Friday, September 08, 2006

A book meme

I was over at Sue's blog and l was reading her 'book meme' post...

Instructions: Grab the book closest to you.
Open to page 123.
Scroll down to the 5th sentence.
Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog - name of the book and the author.
Then tag 3 people. l picked up the book nearest me and here is the result.

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

"It could not last she knew, but at the moment her eyes were so clear that they seemed to go round the table unveiling each of these people, and their thoughts and their feelings, without effort like a light stealing under water so that its ripples and the reeds in it and the minnows balancing themselves, and the sudden silent trout are all lit up hanging, trembling. So she saw them; she heard them; but what they said was like the movement of a trout when, at the same time, one can see the ripple and the gravel, something to the right, something to the left; and the whole is held together; for whereas in active life she would be netting and separating one thing from another; she would be saying she liked the Waverley novels or had not read them; she would be urging herself forward; now she said nothing. For the moment she hung suspended."

ok- just one more passage- page 125

" No, she said, she did not want a pear. Indeed she had been keeping guard over the dish of fruit (with-out realizing it) jealously, hoping that nobody would touch it. Her eyes had been going in and out among the curves and shadows of the fruit, among the rich purples of the lowland grapes, then over the horny ridge of the shell, putting a yellow against a purple, a curved shape against a round shape, without knowing why she did it, or why, every time she did it, she felt more and more serene; until, oh, what a pity that they should do it - a hand reached out, took a pear, and spoilt the whole thing."

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.

I'll tag my sister-in-law, Tammy & Somershade


Sue said...

I haven't read this one. Looks interesting! Thanks for the link :-)

Granny said...

I did this a while back and can't even remember which book it was.

Glad you didn't tag me. I just checked and the closest book at the moment is the instruction book for my new cell phone.

It doesn't have enough pages and it's boring.

Sorlil said...

I had to cheat a little or else I'd be writing out a passage from J's commentaries!!

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I'm not going to feel so bad about running my sentences too long anymore...I see I'm not the only one. I've always tried to correct what I thought was a problem, but here are long running sentences in a famous book.

The book sounds very interesting...I'm going to have to read it.

sharonkay said...

A different meme and I have the telephone book next to me.....I do not think so..............

Connie and Rob said...

Looks like this could be a good one. I used to read so much and have just gotten lost...hope to be able to return very soon.

Take care,

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