Friday, February 8, 2013

Endurance



This weekend we are venturing into uncharted territories once again.  This Trifextra isn't so much a writing challenge; it's more of a reading challenge.  We want you to scour through your favorite pieces of literature and give us the best 33 words you can find.

Some quick guidelines:

  • The writing you choose should not be your own.
  • The 33 words should be lifted directly from another source (i.e. don't take 33 random words from Macbeth and shake them into a poem of your own (though that would be an awesome idea for another challenge) and don't take a sentence from the beginning of a book and another from the end--keep the original order).
  • Credit your sources.
  • You can't use the same 33 words as anyone else in the linkz. Skim through before posting your own.  You can use the same author and even the same title, just not the exact same words.


Ack! Do you people realize just how many books I've read in my life?  This was an impossible task, so I narrowed it down to books I've read more than once.  Lonesome DoveHowards EndMrs. DallowayEast of Eden, that Tolkien dude...  And then I thought of a worn red paperback that I randomly found one rainy day at the library back in 1979.  Book One of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Lord Foul's Bane, by Stephen R. Donaldson.  That random book stuck with me because I felt so much like Thomas Covenant at the time.  It was also my first experience with reading a series that didn't involve the Hardy Boys.  I've repurchased copies two or three times over the years, as the previous ones disintegrate.


"...he was dreaming.  The way to endure a dream was to flow with it until it ended. He had to make that descent in order to survive. That need outweighed all other considerations."

27 comments:

  1. I have not heard of this book, but I'm going to look it up.

    Love the quote.

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  2. What a wonderful quote. I went to look up the book and it really sounds interesting, I put it on my wish list along with the many hundred I already have. I bought Mr BC a new kindle so I can have mine back and get back to books.

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  3. Such a beautiful quote (: I can see why it stuck with you!

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  4. The way to endure a dream was to flow with it until it ended. --- that's fantastic

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  5. I went back and read your quote 3 times to fully absorb it. Yes, flow with it is right.

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  6. Fascinating. I've never heard of this book before . So glad you shared it. :D The title alone makes me want to read it.

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    1. I wasn't sure if the book was even still in print. I am glad that it is!

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  7. it would seem you have introduced many of us to (yet another) new book. :) well done.

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  8. It really is an outstanding selection. Kudos!

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  10. Great choice! Adding it to my list of books to read!

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  11. Fantasy is not normally my bag but, if the purpose of this exercise was to expose everyone to as wide a range of books and authors as possible then, my friend, you have done well. To have it compared to "The Stranger" , as well as, good old Middle Earth, is heady company indeed. I hope that those who search out this book enjoy it as much as you when you first discoved it, lo those many years ago. :)

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  12. Oh yes! Did you read the second trilogy as well? It was not as well done as the first three, but still held my interest.

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    1. Yes, I read the second trilogy. Part of the third, as well. The first is his best!

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  13. Interesting choice-will definitely look it up:-)

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