It's time for Booking Through Thursday...
Pick up the nearest book. (I’m sure you must have one nearby.)
Turn to page 123.
What is the first sentence on the page?
The last sentence on the page?
Now . . . connect them together….(And no, you may not transcribe the entire page of the book–that’s cheating!)
My response: (from Paula by Isabel Allende)
Don Manuel died today
I hope my mother can last until then, I think she is about at breaking point.
In the words in between these two sentences, Allende poignantly describes the pain of watching a loved one die and having to console a widow exhausted by grief.
The page is particularly moving, given Allende is viewing of Don Manuel's death, and the grief of his family, in the context of watching her own daughter struggle with a life-robbing illness. From the last line, it would appear Allende's mother is also buckling under the weight of their battle.
So much pain and meaning in one page, and so beautifully written from a position of helpless love.
I've only just started this book, and this teaser is a reminder it's going to be an emotional journey.