Beauty in the Ordinary

This is not about being brilliant, or extraordinary, it's not about wanting to be famous, or making headlines, or trying to impress...this about sharing a 'gift' each day with the lift the spirit of people when they read this blog, to show them the beauty in the ordinary.
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Raold Dahl

Monday, May 10, 2010

V. Here's my pick for 'first novels'...

Fall on your knees by Anne Marie MacDonald.
It is a riveting depiction of a family beset by hidden desires and secrets.
It begins in a small community in Nova Scotia in the early 1900's. James elopes with his 13 yr old bride, Materia Mahmoud whose Lebanese father then casts out and curses her.
James and Materia have four daughters...each one is filled with hope, talent and passion but each one in her own way is affected by their father's hold on their lives.
It is a book that you cannot put down and as each page is turned and each chapter finished you cannot but gasp at what happens next.
Sunday Times wrote "It is the unpredictability of this huge book that is its greatest joy. With allusions ranging from Hollywood stars to religious tracts Fall On Your Knees simmers with vibrancy and crackling, effervescent, breathtaking language'.

1 comment:

  1. When I looked at your photo...I couldn't help thinking of end of term at St. Annes. Covering books with brown paper. I swear I can smell it! That is the beauty of books, they infiltrate all of your senses. Please God, never make me immune to the power of the written word.


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