Question by Nick f: What passage from a book, has conjured up a very vivid image in your mind?
It can be factual, or fictional, even newspaper stories.
What have you read that has REALLY stuck in your mind, the words conjuring forth images with vivid clarity….what has MOVED you in print.
Please post your favourite passages here, with name of book, author etc, and a description of what you felt or saw in your mind, as you read.
I will start the ball rolling.
“We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes”
Aldous Huxley- Brave new world.
“Language is but intelligent sound, now music, music is intelligent language! It speaks to all. Our tongues were never divided. The one language, like before Babel has always been with us.”
“One Folk, One Realm, One Leader. Union with the unity of an insect swarm. Knowledgeless understanding of nonsense and diabolism. And then the newsreel camera had cut back to the serried ranks, the swastikas, the brass bands, the yelling hypnotist on the rostrum. And here once again, in the glare of his inner light, was the brown insectlike column, marching endlessly to the tunes of this rococo horror-music. Onward Nazi soldiers, onward Christian soldiers, onward Marxists and Muslims, onward every chosen People, every Crusader and Holy War-maker. Onward into misery, into all wickedness, into death!”
From Island, 1962. Aldous Huxley
Sandy, specifically, the question asks for passages in print, I can only assume that you haven’t read anything in print, as you appear to have been thwarted by a question less than 20 lines long!
Swiftcheetah, an example is what is required…at least you have read SOME kind of book recently.
Lisa, you can answer with text from books, as long as you cite the author, and give them proper credit for their work.
And you won’t bother…Oh my God….how will I live without your input?
Chinese symbology lady.
Lovecrafts the call of Cthulu, I found absolutely spellbinding, it was like a warm clammy hand wrapped around me that I squirmed at times to escape, yet it was hypnotically womblike most of the time…a true classic.
Wiesel’s Night, I agree was truly one of the most harrowing reads of my entire life, it left me drained, and even more cynical, than I was previously (Quite some feat I assure you) It was akin to being in a horrible accident which left me mentally scarred for months, and the lasting impressions are with me to this day!.
I also read Vachel Lindsays poem “The leaden eyed on the same day, and it was the day the 2nd big ethiopian famine hit our tv screens, truly, it was one of my darkest days!
Alissa T….Yes….I am really curious, sounds like my kind of thing.
Nice link redunico…. I have never read Dune, the film put me off attempting it, but I may give it a go someday…I read Asimov a lot for my Sci-fi fix.
Answer by Swiftcheetah T.T.M.W. Potter
Different things from the Harry Potter books.
Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!