20 years ago, I was relieved by the writing style of Terry Pratchett.Immediately the first book. Luckily there were no silence coupés in the train as I was almost crying for laughter between the chairs. Fantasy is not my genre, but someone insisted to read 1 book. Now I have 37 of his books (and they are still not all of them).
I cannot remember what quote or passage I was relieved of.I can tell you what I find one of his most beautiful quotes ever: (the personification of ‘ Death ‘ speaks in his books in CapsLock, it’s not screaming, it’s because it’s a skeleton)
Of the (Christmas) book ‘ Hogfather ‘
All right, “said Susan.
“I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need… fantasies to make life bearable. “
REALLY?AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? No. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.
“Tooth Fairies?Hogfathers? Little — “
YES.AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.
“So we can believe the big ones?”
YES.JUSTICE. Mercy. Duty. THAT SORT OF THING.
“They’re not the same at all!”
YOU THINK SO?THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM of JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE of MERCY.AND YET — Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME… SOME Rightness IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.
“Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what’s the point—”
MY POINT EXACTLY.
_ It was in the middle of the night.Two large full moons stood with a widening face in the sky.
“How hard we drive now”, I asked.
“96” replied Adriaan as he carelessly turned the handlebars 3 times around.
“Where do we drive now?”
“On the Marksplein In Ritten Burg”
“Does Ritten Burg not have a town hall with a monumental staircase?”
“It HAD a monumental staircase,” Adriaan said while he was horrified by the debris…….
Leonard Huizinga. Adriaan and Olivier.
I am Haruki Murakami going to read on recommend.I started with trespassing Wonderland and the end of the world. I only had to read the first few pages of the book and I really wanted to read everything about him. He has an easy to follow but very nice writing style. It is often dreamy and surreal.
There is not a certain phrase or passage, his style in itself is just quite beautiful.
If I recommend it to other people I say too, just read the first few pages.If you’re not in it almost immediately, you can put it away and never look at it again. Otherwise you will not put it away anyway.
“The apricots of Bertus Aafjes bloom tomorrow… I immediately bought a B.A. omnibus…
Sometimes you read something amazing but you can not remember everything exactly but I do remember that the phrase ‘ The Tsar is only the servant of History ‘ me has been kept out of war and Peace of Leo Tolstoy.
In any case, apart from the story itself, I held such philosophical reflections in sentences often long and wide measured where it is recommended to keep sentences short.
Incidentally, the story itself now excites me less but the style and reflections in the famous book I Still Love.
It’s because you ask Hannah, I had forgotten it again, but recently I found a nice passage in Nota bene a science fiction book:
“Like most people, he wondered why an art man was completely helpless when he was faced with an empathy measurement test.Emphatie, with each other’s feelings, could evidently only exist within human society, while intelligence could be found to some extent in every biological life order, up to and including the arachnids. Having emphatie probably required a strong group instinct; A lonely living organism like a spider had nothing to do with it; In fact, it could even thwart the art of a spider to stay alive. The animal would then be aware of the incentive to stay alive at the expense of its prey. As a result, all predators, even highly developed mammals like cats, would be starving. ‘
(Philip K. Dick; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)
As mentioned, most of you don’t remember.I have probably read even better passages that I have unfortunately not remembered.