From what point of view is she looking at life as she sits there, terribly sensitive, registering one after another such diverse impressions? She is a writer; a born writer. Everything she feels and hears and sees is not fragmentary and separate; it belongs together as writing.
The room is full
of the breath of the stories.
That is enough.
Otto Van Rees
Melancholy people have two reasons for being so: they don’t know or they hope.
A few days ago I had the honour of meeting David Mitchell, the author of the amazing “Cloud Atlas”. He was extremely funny and charming, and he drew a cloud in my book.
Suddenly, it’s not a book anymore. It’s your soul being reflected back to you on the turning pages.
On the night of April 14, 2014, hundreds of schoolgirls at the Chibok boarding school in northeastern Nigeria awoke to the sound of gunfire. They saw men in camouflage approaching and thought soldiers were coming to save them from a militant attack, according to survivors’ accounts.