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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Sentence: George Saunders

Author David Abrams has started a marvelous idea on his blog, The Quivering Pen. Each Sunday, he posts, without explanation, the best sentence he has read during the week.

Here is mine:

"He'd been afraid to be lessened by the lifting and bending and feeding and wiping, and was still afraid of that, and yet, at the same time, now saw that there could
still be many-many drops of goodness, is how it came to him -- many drops of happy -- of good fellowship -- ahead, and those drops of fellowship were not -- had never
been -- his to withheld.
"Withhold."

-- George Saunders, Tenth of December, from the collection with the same title

4 comments:

  1. Just lovely. It could be months before I get to the top of the library hold list but, if this is any indication, it will be worth the wait!

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    1. It was worth my waiting for this collection and I hope you feel the same way when you get it. This is from the final story, which was beautiful.

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  2. I usually have a hard time with short story collections, but so many people have raved about this one and your sentence is so wonderful. Maybe this could be the book that changes me!

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    1. Only about two or three stories in the middle didn't work for me. The opening one was so well done and the last three were so fully developed that they knocked my socks off.

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