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."


And...

"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."

And...


"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."


3 comments:

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.
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