|words and eggs|
some words from Sol Le Witt:
|Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse|
|same as it ever was|
|Women are from Venus, Men are from New Jersey|
well ...these are somewhat off beat!!! Why books tonight?
well...on the first of december lovely blogger mlleparadis tagged me on her wonderful post 'My Beautiful Bibliophilia' and asked 5 of us to talk about what writers have made an impression us. Well... that's easy I thought... I relished the thought of getting a chance this week to respond...
This is what she wrote when responding to the request herself:
That notwithstanding, I thought it would be kind of silly and not at all in the spirit of the season to decline Guillemette's tag (THANKS G.!) to list 15 of the authors whose writing has "marked me, even turned me upside down - or, I guess "upset me" as bouleverser can be translated from the French." Certainly, for me, the writers below have unveiled to me certain truths in such eloquent, sensitive and sometimes (D. Sedaris) hysterically funny ways. Truths which I had already somewhat suspected, but had not elsewhere found validation or elucidation of. (Do ya know what I'm trying to get at here?)
So: THESE FOURTEEN:
Marcel Proust, Colette, Leo Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf, MFK Fisher, Rumer Godden, Alice Munro, Jhumpa Lahiri, David Sedaris, Lorrie Moore, Tennesee Williams, Flannery O'Connor, William Maxwell, Charles Bukowski
So...can I think of that many... its getting late...what will come to mind?
Milan Kundera for 'Unbearable lightness of being' comes in top of my list. Somehow it has lodged itself in my mind as the most penetrating read to date. Also Harper Lee's " To kill a mockingbird" from school days. The rest are in no order and represent moments of time when something came my way and stood out for some reason. As a child the Secret Garden lingered for years.
Madame Bovary - Flaubert,
George Elliot - Middlemarch,
Zorba the greek - Kazantzakis,
various Jane Austen books,
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott,
George Orwell - 1984 (somewhat tense reading but affecting),
Peter Carey - Oscar and Lucinda,
Housekeeping - Marilynne Robinson,
I have loved many biographies...particularly Hilary Spurling's 2 volumes on Matisse. I've gone through quite a bit of non-fiction at times... and for espcapism detective/crime novels. Mlle Paradis' list reminded me of Rumer Godden whos books for children really captivated me. I should have kept a list all these years... now I see how hard it is to recall. Patience Gray's 'Honey from a Weed' is on my blog sidebar for a much loved read. I like poets...Pablo Neruda, Greek poet Odysseus Elytis. I adore talking books and have listened to many in the past. I think I'd best leave it there though!
I'll pop back and tag some people soon too. But for now...it's late and Id best disappear into the night!