New year's project
Restocking the studio

Memorable prose about remembering

I loved Proust's moment with his madeleine, but I loved Craig Silvey's take on remembering all the more.

Jasper Jones His second novel, Jasper Jones, is a wonderful book, a perfect book, I read over summer.  It was recommended by the girl in my local bookshop as her "best read of 2009".

I am talking it up to all my friends as sublime.  It is just wonderful.  Here's a taste:

"What I'm feeling, I think, is joy.  And it's been some time since I've felt that blinkered rush of happiness.  This might be one of those rare events that lasts, one that'll be remembered and recalled as months and years wind and ravel.  One of those sweet, significant moments that leaves a footprint in your mind.  A photograph couldn't ever tell its story.  It's something you have to live to understand.  ...  Where things shift into focus for a moment, and everything makes sense.  And it becomes one of those things inside you, a pearl among the sludge, one of those big exaggerated memories you can invoke at any moment to peel away a little layer of how you felt, like a lick of an ice-cream.  The flavour of grace." 

This book is so good I want to contact the author to tell him so. 

I gave it a big wrap to my bookgroup last night.  It's now our book for April.  If you come across it in a bookshop, treat yourself to a copy.  Please.



Oh I wish I had the time to read this book Kristine. I think I will bookmark it for my mid-semester uni break. Thanks for the recommendation. It sounds interesting to say the least. Have a lovely day - Tina.


It sounds wonderful! Is it a fairly new book? I checked on Amazon here and it doesn't even register. ;-(

jules @ the diversion project

I love that. beautiful. will certainly keep an eye out for it, so thank you for showing the cover.

i got back to reading again over holdays at the beach this xmas, and i'm desperately trying to keep it up!



Thanks for the recommendation. Our book club is always on the look out for a great read and this one sounds like a winner....

Michelle Atkins

Hi Kristine
This book won the Indie Book of Year Award (Fiction) 2009. Last year's winner was Breath so it has good company. Have added it to my book stack (otherwise known as my bedside table!). Michelle


Thanks for that Kristine, will recommend it for our book club.

The comments to this entry are closed.