Just arrived at the office!!!
A bookcase is as good as a view, as much of a panorama as the sight of a city or a river. There are dawns and sunsets in books - storms and zephyrs.
Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.
Mademoiselle Guillaumin Reading (1907). Jean-Baptiste-Armand Guillaumin (French, Impressionist, 1841-1927). Oil on canvas.
Guillaumin was a close friend of the painter Camille Pissarro, whom he met while studying at the Académie Suisse. Guillaumin exhibited in the Salon des Refusés in 1863 and in the first Impressionist exhibit in 1874.
Favourite book shelf in my room
Two proof copies of The Years, Virginia Woolf, 1937.
“I wonder if anyone has ever suffered so much from a book as I have from The Years. Once out I will never look at it again. It’s like a long childbirth. Think of that summer, every morning a headache, and forcing myself into that room in my nightgown; and lying down after a page: and always with the certainty of failure. Now that certainty is mercifully removed to some extent. But now I feel I don’t care what anyone says so long as I’m rid of it. And for some reason I feel I’m respected and liked. But this is only the haze dance of illusion, always changing. Never write a long book again. Yet I feel I shall write more fiction—scenes will form.”
— Virginia Woolf, from a diary entry dated 10 November 1936.
The first duty of the novelist is to entertain. It is a moral duty. People who read your books are sick, sad, traveling, in the hospital waiting room while someone is dying. Books are written by the alone for the alone.
Hi i was wondering if you had any recommendations for books for a book club that AREN'T super sad and depressing - I can't take the heartache anymore ! haha thanks so much!! :) (from swagtasticelastic)
I have noticed when I saw your question that all the books about book clubs and booklovers I have read and I know are sad and gloomy. So I am not sure what I can recommend you. Any help folks?
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