The Book Life

Sometimes books just have the perfect last lines. | June 20, 2009

“Each time we did it I was afraid of missing the swell, hanging back, timing it wrong. John never was. ou had to feel the swell change. You had to go with the change. He told me that. No eye is on the sparrow but he did tell me that.” -Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

“This is where the story starts, in this threadbare room. The walls are exploding. The windows have turned into telescopes. Moon and stars are magnified in this room. The sun hangs over the mantelpiece. I stretch out my hand and reach the corners of the world. The world is bundled up in this room. Beyond the door, where the river is, where the roads are, we shall be. We can take the world with us when we go and sling the sun under your arm. Hurry now, it’s getting late. I don’t know if this is a happy ending but here we are let loose in open fields.” -Jeannette Winterson, Written on the Body



  1. Written on the Body is one of my favorites!

    Comment by emily — July 13, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

  2. Both are favorites of mine. And that last line of Didion’s: I found myself reading it over and over out loud in a class last year. Some of my students were into it, and together we parsed why it was so brilliant (magical, even)–even if they hadn’t loved the book as much as I did. It was a moment.

    Comment by Repat — July 20, 2009 @ 10:10 pm

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