Posted by: turtlebella | 14 April 2006

Random book quote

Well, not quite "random" as it's a book I happen to be reading and therefore is not strictly random.  OK, shut up stats-nerdy chica!  I just needed to share this passage, it really embedded itself within me. 
From A Tale of Love and Darkness, Amos Oz (translated by Nicholas de Lange):

"So I learned from books the art of composition, not from what was in them but from the books themselves, from their physical being. They taught me about that dizzying no-man's-land or twilight zone between the permitted and the forbidden, between the legitimate and the eccentric, between the normative and the bizarre."


  1. That’s an awesome quote, the kind that makes me want to read again and again. Thanks for sharing it.

    And, off topic, but I hope that you have an enjoyable and successful trip to Europe.

  2. Ooops! Still half asleep, obviously meant ‘read it again and again’.

  3. great quote! is the whole book worth reading?

  4. well, i haven’t finished it yet. but yes, i think it’s very interesting- it’s his memoir of growing up in isreal (prior to independence so far) and also family history, etc. i’ve not read his novels, though he has several…

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