LitLove put this fantastic book meme together, and I couldn't help but steal it. Spread it far and wide, my lovelies!
List some of your favourite words: kumquat, roustabout, hootenanny, evanescent, crispy, pucker, svelte
What’s your favourite maxim or proverb? "No one can be caught in places he doesn't visit." --Danish Proverb
What’s your favourite quotation? "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle."--Gloria Steinem (one of many...I keep quote journals)
What’s your favourite first line of a novel? It's cruel to have to choose just one....
"In their thirteenth summer, beneath a sky thickening with summer thunderclouds, four friends rode their bikes to Lafayette Cemetery where the dead are buried above ground." --A Density of Souls, by Christopher Rice
Other favorite: The opening (long) line of A Tale of Two Cities
Give an example of a piece of description that’s really pleased you in your reading lately: "I sat at my desk to write my Sunday morning letter to Naoko, drinking coffee from a big cup and listening to old Miles Davis records. A fine rain was falling outside, while my room had the chill of an aquarium. The smell of mothballs lingered in the thick sweater I had just taken out of a storage box. High up on the windowpane clung a huge, fat fly, unmoving. With no wind to stir it, the Rising Sun hung limp against the flagpole like the toga of a Roman senator. A skinny, timid-looking brown dog that had wandered into the quadrangle seemed to be sniffing every blossom in the flower bed. I couldn't begin to imagine why any dog would have to go around sniffing flowers on a rainy day." --Norwegian Wood (217).
It was the dog sniffing flowers that really got me. :)
Which five writers do you particularly admire for their use of language? Siri Hustvedt, Haruki Murakami, Philip Roth, Paul Auster, Zora Neale Hurston
And are there writers whose style you really dislike? John Steinbeck's in general, although I was quite drawn to East of Eden.
What’s the key to really fine writing, in your opinion? Believability and the ability to express some emotion or bit of intellectual goodness that others haven't quite been able to express.