I am delighted with The Rose, and enjoying other readers' impressions. A suggestion, however. We might, rather than quick comments on the quality of the writing, cite the sentences or passages that were most meaningful to us. For those who have read ahead, we might go back and do this for the early chapters now being discussed. For example, here are some of my favorite sentences from Chapter 1 through Chapter 4:
Chapter 1 (Crimson on beach):
"... for mind that evening was so vast no mere substance dare mimic its majesty. It was the power of Grace that compelled us."
Chapter 2 (Zen monastery):
"She was laughing and pointing up at the sky when the light blinded her. We staggered outside. The silhouettes of schoolchildren were etched into the consulate walls. Mothers with prams, the pink kites, our little friends, the rose gardens, all gone ..."
Chapter 3 (Harvard):
"as she approached the beatitudes, eclipses of the moon began spreading across her face."
Chapter 4 (Indigo at Salzburg):
"Imagine his singular neocortex, his inspired joy. Imagine his loneliness."
Read the extraordinary scene where Indigo places his forehead to the narrator's (p. 119-120):
"'Listen', he said.
20.2 kilometers above the Serengeti ....
(and ending with) I felt like a child hearing their first poem, as if it were the springtime of our mind."
But what are your favorite lines or events in these chapters? I see that Heirloom Spores and Side Street are careful readers, Bernhohl for sure. What are your most memorable passages?
Let's do this before discussing the transformative Chapter 5, on Vermilion in Berlin.
Edited by PoorEdgarDerby, 28 July 2016 - 08:32 AM.