Van has finished reading…The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

14 Feb

‘I am content to report that at the centre of it all…there was a very simple emotion.’

 

When it comes it lifts you like a feather, this line, whilst also seeming to strike like a hammer. The starkness of it, the sheer baldness, after so much emotion, is the finger gladly taken from the wall of the dam. And of course it’s obvious, when you think about it, though the quality of the prose meant that I didn’t think about it until that hammer first threatened to chime on page 260. Then it seemed somehow right, and perfect in the way of minute things, that page 302 (and almost but not quite the bottom of page 302) filled me with that feathery lightness.

 

There is something very cashmere gloves about Faber prose.

Sublime

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