17011Re: [mythsoc] Paul Park -- and Keith Donohue
- Sep 27, 2006I recommend The Stolen Child heartily--though possibly not just
before sleep. After all this discussion, I've got to take a look at
A Princess of Roumania for myself. Anything that draws such
disparate opinions from this group is worth a try.
At 07:06 PM 9/27/2006, you wrote:
>From: "David Emerson"
> > Now compare the preceding with the following excerpt from the next novel I
> > picked up, Keith Donohue's THE STOLEN CHILD:
> > Similar in that it's a passage without much action, mostly description,
> > and talking about people out in the cold forest. But Donohue's phrasing
> > sings where Park's plods. And I deliberately chose one of the least
> > poetic passages I have come across so far, of which there are many (and
> > I'm only on chapter 5). Here's a different passage that particularly
> > impressed me:
> > "Mr. Martin may not have been a fairy, but he was very fey. Tall and
> > thin, his white hair long in a shaggy boy's cut, he wore a worn
> > plum-colored suit. Christopher Robin all grown up and gone to genteel
> > seed. Behind him stood the most beautiful machine I had ever seen.
> > Lacquered to a high black finish, the grand piano drew all of the vitality
> > of the room toward its propped-open lid. Those keys held in their
> > serenity the possibility of every beautiful sound."
> > The images explode into the brain. He makes a piano seem alive, and a
> > person seem like a myth. Donohue is someone I would refer to as a major
> > stylist.
>That certainly sounds like something I would enjoy reading!
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