08 July 2011

I've been reading...

"I have wondered why it is that some people are less affected and torn by the verities of life and death than others. Una's death cut the earth from under Samuel's feet and opened his defended keep and let in old age. On the other hand Liza, who surely loved her family as deeply as did her husband, was not destroyed or warped. Her life continued evenly. She felt sorrow but she survived it....

Samuel may have thought and played and philosophized about death, but he did not really believe in it...I think he had always thought he could argue himself out of death...

To Liza it was simply death--the thing promised and expected. She could go on and in her sorrow put a pot of beans in the oven, bake six pies, and plan to exactness how much food would be necessary properly to feed the funeral guests..."

East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

2 comments:

words, wine, coffee, art said...

Such a beautiful, individual writing style.
Haven't been able to visit for a while - no internet access while travelling - but as usual lots happens on your site.

virginia said...

good to hear from you - i knew that you had visited the New England area some time ago, and that you travel in australia as often as possible.

yes, he writes beautifully - i'm looking forward to finishing it this week. at one time, i would push through a book in a day, but it makes for a different read when taken slowly.


"Before you can blame an individual for their choices, you have to make sure they have the same choices as everyone else."

Bix , the fanatic cook.