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A Quotation and a Recommendation

21 Oct
First American edition, 1906

First American edition, 1906 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

London was a trove of the magic of childhood, for anyone who had read as obsessively as Winnie had done before the age of twelve. Pull back just a bit, and more of England became implicated: a bit of river out toward Oxford, on which a rat and a mole were busy messing about in a boat. Peter Rabbit stealing under some stile in the Lake District. Somewhere on this island, was it in Kent, the Hundred Aker Wood, with those figures who have yet to learn that sawdusty toys die deaths as certainly as children do. The irrepressible Camelot, always bursting forth out of some hummock or other. Robin Hood in his green jerkin, Kipling’s Puck of Pook’s Hill . . .

The person who would become a lifelong reader should stumble upon very rich stuff first, early, and often. It lived within, a most agreeable kind of haunting.

From “Lost” by Gregory Maguire

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This weekend, The Wall Street Journal published an excerpt from Joe Queenan’s new book, “One for the Books,” which will be published this Thursday, October 25. They titled the excerpt, “My 6,128 Favorite Books.” If you absolutely LOVE books (I mean real books!) and reading, you must read this. Really, honestly, truly. I can’t remember the last time an article put such a huge smile on my face. Do yourself a favor and follow the link above to read this marvelous piece.

This what the love of books is all about.

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Posted by on October 21, 2012 in Ideas, In The News, Quotations

 

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3 responses to “A Quotation and a Recommendation

  1. jubilare

    October 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    And may one never forget the small and daring Princess in The Princess and the Goblins. My childhood and my adult mind would be very different, and much-impoverished landscapes without the touch of George MacDonald, God bless him!

     
    • Rob

      October 24, 2012 at 2:15 am

      Oh, amen to that. And don’t forget Curdie and his improvised rhymes! Always good to hear from you!

       
      • jubilare

        October 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm

        Who could forget Curdie! But Irene is one of the few princesses in fiction who has fully won me over. 🙂

         

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