‘ahems and ahahs’

Literature, & Etc.


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As someone who is frequently moved by literature, I have started just recently within the last year or so to keep a document of lines of literature that stand out.

I do not have a set of guidelines that help define what constitutes what I consider to be “stand-out” worthy.

Just starting in on Vladimir Nabokov’s ada, or ardor and the following line is constructed and worded in such a way that I’ve been reciting it in my mind all morning long.

Poor Dan’s erotic life was neither complicated nor beautiful, but somehow or other (he soon forgot the exact circumstances as one forgets the measurements and price of a fondly made topcoat worn on and off for at least a couple of seasons) he fell comfortably in love with Marina, whose family he had known when they still had their Raduga place (later sold to Mr. Eliot, a Jewish businessman).

I have italicized the part of the line that makes me smile as it is such a lovely image that it overtakes the mind in its simplicity.

Written by thebeliever07

July 30, 2009 at 9:34 am

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