This page is for people to share thoughts on what we’re reading – or re-reading.
Summer 2010 – What I’m reading
I’ve been rereading Daniel Deronda by George Eliot . The first time I read it was years ago and I remember loving the prose. It was late spring in the middle of a heat wave, and I spent several days devouring it on the lawn of the Divinity School in New Haven. This time was rather different sitting on the 10th floor of the Costa del Sol hotel in Kuwait city overlooking streams of traffic on the coastal road and strips of sand. However, both environments have been equally good for concentration. Why am I making such slow progress this time round?
One of my favourite opening paragraphs ever:
‘Was she beautiful or not beautiful? and what was the secret of form or expression which gave the dynamic quality to her glance? Was the good or the evil genius dominant in those beams? Probably the evil; else why was the effect that of unrest rather than of undisturbed charm? Why was the wish to look again felt as coercion and not as a longing in which the whole being consents?’
Why do I like it so much? The series of questions opens up so many possibilities. What a wonderful way to introduce a character in all her complexity and engage the reader’s curiosity!