Anguish and awe. Every time.
Another addition to the 2018 playlist. A favourite for the zombie runs. Plus a video that reminds me of my Dad’s shed.
Why, thank you for asking. It was a little bit like this – but with more zombies.
Beautiful in fiction.
‘You can use the same words to mean different things. This ambiguity adds layers to otherwise simple dialogue.
It creates a depth, with varying degrees of uncertainty – which creates a kind of tension that draws the reader’s attention.
Here’s a passage from For Whom the Bell Tolls…
“How many people have you ever loved?”
“Not even me?”
“How many others really?”
“How many have you—how do you say it?—stayed with?”
“You’re lying to me.”
Maria’s (the first speaker’s) feelings are obvious by her questions, but Robert’s feelings…Does he actually love her? How much? Is he lying? Are these lies for good, or for ill?’
This seems like the right choice to start my 2018 playlist. And a great one to play whenever I’m beating myself up over someone else’s choices.
“I cannot accept this, I will not be made happy by this. He rose to his feet suddenly, startling Lydia, who whimpered as he set her back down on the chair. Things were not as they should be—not remotely. He was a law-and-order man (Eddie often reminded himself ironically), and too many laws had been broken here. He withdrew, holding himself apart, and in swerving away from happiness, he reaped his reward: a lash of pain and solitude.”
(from Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan)
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