Do you ever read a sentence in a book or a line in a poem and stop, your breath taken away by the beauty or resonance or truth of it? I know I take great delight when I find these nuggets of pure literary gold, so I have decided to gather them all together in one place so others can appreciate them too. Here are a few of my favourite sentences/lines/phrases:
"A gossamer blanket of coal dust floated down like a dirty blessing and gently smothered the traffic."
From God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (p.86)
"Then a pair of taxis went head to head in a distant country so suddenly I didn't see the difference but it was a wide white threshold."
From 'a woman, a rose and what has it to do with her or they with one another?' by Michele Leggott in as far as I can see (p.36)
"I go to libraries because they are the ocean"
From 'perse' by Michele Leggott in as far as I can see (p.12)
More to follow...