Thursday, February 07, 2008

Death in The Gathering: A Gorgeous, Searing Quotation

Read this:
There is something wonderful about a death, how everything shuts down, and all the ways you thought you were vital are not even vaguely important. Your husband can feed the kids, he can work the new oven, he can find the sausages in the fridge, after all. And his important meeting was not important, not in the slightest. And the girls will be picked up from school, and dropped off again in the morning. Your eldest daughter can remember her inhaler, and your youngest will take her gym kit with her, and it is just as you suspected--most of the stuff that you do is just stupid, really stupid, most of the stuff you do is just nagging and whining and picking up for people who are too lazy even to love you, even that, let alone find their own shoes under their own bed; people who turn and accuse you--scream at you sometimes--when they can only find on shoe. (27)
And if it moves you and you want more, you can pop over to Ana Maria's place for a first hand account of hearing Enright speak.

And then, if you're in the New York area, you can see her for yourself on 2/13 at Barnes & Noble.

4 comments:

Paula said...

I took your suggestion and popped over to read more about Enright. I am so glad I did.

Katherine said...

Hope that you get a chance to pop over to Barnes and Noble....it's been very hard to figure out which excerpts she'll read.....

Paula said...

I just read the Enright quote again and felt a shiver run down my body from my forehead to my knees. And even though we have inches and inches and inches of snow piled up and still piling up outside, I know it was the powerful truth of her words that rushed over me, not the slight draft from the nearby window. I must get this book.

And today I could even make time to read it, as my classes are cancelled due to the glorious beautiful snow.

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