Friday, July 19, 2013

Notable Quotables


 I've given up trying to bust through it, and now I'm just enjoying it.
She was a passionate reader, and she thought that reading was one of the noblest efforts of all; in contrast, she found writing to be a great waste of time--a childish self-indulgence, even messier than finger painting--but she admired reading, which she believed was an unselfish activity that provided information and inspiration. She must have thought it a pity that some poor fools had to waste their lives writing in order for us to have sufficient reading materials. Reading also gave one confidence in and familiarity with language, which was a necessary tool for forming those nearly constant comments on what one had observed. 
John's, the narrator's, grandmother is nothing if not a confident commenter. She is full of inconsistencies like these. Quite a character indeed.


I picture her looking something like Cinderella's wicked stepmother. In truth, and on the kindness scale, she's probably actually closer to the Dowager Countess.


14 comments:

  1. Probably a good idea. I think Owen is more to be savored.

    And I totally agree with you on John's grandmother. I find her quite amusing! Of course, I love grumpy people. Since I am one. lol

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    1. Owen is definitely to be savored. Now that I have just a little over 200 pages left, I actually find myself trying to drag it out.

      She's so amusing. I love her. And LOL re: you as a grumpy person. Whatev. ;)

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  2. I love any post that can work in a Disney villain. You've just won THE INTERNET!

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    1. Hot damn! I've been trying to win THE INTERNET!

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  3. Ha ha, you did win the internet! Fab job ;) I loved the grandmother in this book, great character! Her obsession with...oh wait, don't want to give spoilers if you haven't gotten to that part yet, lol.

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    1. I'm on page 411, so I think you're going to say TV!

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    2. And Liberace in particular. Hilarity.

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    3. Liberace! Ha! I did a bunch of wiki-ing at that section. I wanted to know more about him, lol. I didn't know that he was from my home state, bonus!

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  4. I love the relationship between Owen and the Grandmother. Such an odd pairing, but it works.

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    1. Oh yes. I was thrilled when Mrs. Wheelright started to come around and really like Owen. Such a great pair.

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  5. I love, love, love this book. For the hell of it I listened to it recently on audiobook and the guy's voice for Owen was hilarious.

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    1. I tried my damndest to find an audiobook sample on YouTube so that I could see how they handle Owen's voice. I'm trying to get my fiance to listen to it.

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    1. Yes it is! I tried reading it about 9 years ago with no luck. Much better devotion and awesomeness this time around.

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