Archive | October, 2012

Van has finished reading…Troubles by JG Farrell

20 Oct

Troubles by JG Farrell


And while one half of Murdoch’s face remained smooth and solemn, the other half lit up with wrinkled glee.

“Can he make it?”
“Afraid not quite, old chap”

Within a few pages of each other, towards the end of the book, these two instances arise which seem to capture the whole so eloquently; a double-faced detective observing the scene of a crime (crime?, crimes?), and a lecherous maths genius finding unexpected delight in the company of a discarded exercise book.
  Does one dream of an end still? Yet the ruins smoulder. Is it only the instances of bloodshed, the loss of life that remind most of us ‘the troubles’ is something a little more than a knotty theoretical problem that needs solving; that either side of the lines there are people trying to live their lives?


Van has finished reading—Oryx And Crake by Margaret Atwood

3 Oct

Oryx And Crake by Margaret Atwood


They’re just words. I checked them, all of them; honest-to-goodness words. It’s just that Atwood has done something to them. It’s their combination that is the key, the way they are spliced. It must be. They lift off the page, in places become another thing entirely; a miasmic thread of interest; an image; an emotion.

  The story itself is one thing, but when words, mere words, can do that, can move you to sit back and admire their juxtaposition, well, that’s a skill indeed!