Sunday, February 17, 2008

Meme, meme, meme...

So the meme says grab the closest book with at least 123 pages in it. Turn to page 123 and pick the 5th sentence. Post that sentence and the next 3.

From Michael Chabon's
The Yiddish Policemen's Union:

The next it appeared to be only what, in all likelihood, it was: a kind of retraction.

Zimbalist struggled for the next hour to understand that move, and for the strength to resist confiding to a ten-year-old whose universe was bounded by the study house, the shul, and the door to his mother's kitchen, the sorrow and dark rapture of Zimbalist's love for the dying widow, how some secret thirst of his own was quenched every time he dribbled cool water through her peeling lips.

They played through the remainder of their hour without further conversation. But when it was time for the boy to go, he turned in the doorway of the shop on Ringelblum Avenue and took hold of Zimbalist's sleeve...

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Blogger Lee said...

Sounds like an interesting story, Paschal. When I read that paragraph long second sentence, comments about Pauline sentences came to mind. But this guy writes in a way that is easier to follow than our much read apostle.


12:10 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Lee: Thanks to a tip from a colleague at work, Chabon appears to have won me over in the same way Pynchon and Cormac McCarthy have in the past.

2:12 PM  
Blogger San said...

"OK--so we are all one, and divinity abides within us all equally. No problem. Understood."

From Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat Pray Love." Apparently a great read for the Mayan Riviera beach. I spotted two others reading same.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Tammie Lee said...

it is so interesting having just a peek into an entire book. Imagination ignites, making heads or tales to what might actually be occurring....

8:55 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

It was a great book, Tammie: this a mere (mere?) holograph.

12:40 AM  

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