Saturday, October 10, 2009

Brilliant Leaves

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry is a brilliant book, about a very old Irish woman in Roscommon Hospital writing down a kind of memoir of her life, the pellucid , precise description contrasting with the elusive nature of what she remembers. There are good companionable books and films and then there are these encounters in which one falls in love with a piece of art. Has anything startled you lately?

14 comments:

Celeste Bergin said...

... I can't remember the title of the book, but it was an autobiographical novel about a young Irish girl who came home nearly every day to find her mother drunk on the floor. The author painted a beautiful picture of idyllic Ireland..but that Mother on the floor! oivay! My Mother was often flawed..but thank Gawd..she didn't drink much!

I really enjoy this image you created ...where the book and leaf seem like symbols for renewal and cycles.
your ideas and images are spellbinding..I'm very glad I found you!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Nice photo/image Sparkey.Tis a good book beautifully written most lines being like precious stones.I enjoyed it but was unconvinced by it, found it flawed towards the end,trying to pull too many rabitts out of the hat where none were needed.Still a great read.Have you tried 'A long, long way' ?

Ginga Squid said...

That is a gorgeous coloured leaf! Yum!

Chris David Richards said...

It's not recent, but I feel this way about Heima, the Sigur Ros film.

rosedale's 4head said...

my mother was pure drunk backwhen.

what startles me now: she quit on her own 16 years ago, just woke up one day and decided no more remy martin, no more Coors - ahh, the sober moments today of her busting into a great smile--the gap in between two big front teeth--and dance moves in the front yard as i wave goodbye - a big bouncy shaky behind slowly moving toward the door then the hallway...

rosedale's 4head said...

p.s. love this picture. fall has arrived here in texas, too, and my grad studies dominate my all...

ArtSparker said...

R - I love it when my commenters make a collage of sorts.

ArtSparker said...

TFE- this is my first Sebastian Barry. Of course, I love Roddy Doyle.

dbradbury said...

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Cláudia said...

One of these encounters - Recitatif, by Toni Morrison.
Loved your blog!

yvette said...

a bit a hype but the millenium triologie from stieg larsson was a real page turner for me...
very busy at the moment with the revalidation but like to visit you.
love
yvette

Deb G said...

That's the way I feel about books/films/music too. Finding Beauty in a Broken World by Terry Tempest Williams is going to live with me for a long time.

I can't stop picking up leaves this year....

mum said...

I haven't read this book - so many books I haven't read and never will have time to read, either. Just read a review of it, though. Sigh. As I said: so many books I haven't ... etc

(The shadow of the leaf looks like a bird's beak.)

cheers, Susan.

Tammie Lee said...

gorgeous leaf
lovely post
me-startled by ice crystals shown off in this mornings sun!