Category Archives: words worth reading

A day and a night in one sentence each, from Despair by Vladimir Nabokov, New York, First Vintage International Edition (1989): pp. 5-6: It was a fast, fresh, blue-dappled day; the wind, a distant relation of the one here, winged its course along the narrow streets; a cloud every now and then palmed the sun, [...]

From Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, London: Fourth Estate (2002), p. 250: He kissed her. There was such an incredible logic to kissing, such a metal-to-magnet pull between two people that it was a wonder that they found the strength to prevent themselves from succumbing every second.  Rightfully, the world should be a whirlpool of [...]

From Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee, Vintage Books (London: 2008), p. 8: In the days of kings, the subject was told: You used to be the subject of King A, now King A is dead and behold, you are the subject of King B. Then democracy arrived, and the subject was for [...]