Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Great books

A few bits from Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley...

“'What do you mean by a great book?...What is a good book?'...
A good book ought to have something simple about it.
And, like Eve,
it ought to come from somewhere near the third rib: there ought to be a heart beating in it. A story that’s all forehead doesn’t amount to much."

I like that---"near the third rib" and "a heart beating in it."


"When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and flue — you sell him a whole new life.
Love and friendship and humor and ships at sea by night —
there’s all heaven and earth in a book,
a real book I mean."


"When you see the marvelous insight into human nature
which a truly great book shows,
it is bound to make you feel small
— like looking at the Dipper on a clear night,
or seeing the winter sunrise when you go out to collect the morning eggs.
And anything that makes you feel small is mighty good for you."


Carol in Oregon said...

Must. read. this. book. Thank you (again and again) Janie.

Carmon Friedrich said...

I love that book and _The Haunted Bookshop_. In the latter book, there's a great scene at a used bookshop, describing the intent and single-minded pursuit of used book bargains by the patrons...could describe many library book sales I've attended!

Anonymous said...

Super color scheme, I like it! Good job. Go on.