Friday, January 8, 2010

READING AS THERAPY

The following was chosen by one of our faithful readers as their favorite and is being repeated. New blogs will start up February 1, 2010.
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I am allowing myself more time to read novels than I have in the past. I believe it is great therapy to leave your life for a while and enter into a fictional world,making new friends and learning about the challenges of their lives.

One of my all time favorite writers is Pat Conroy--the Prince of a writer who wrote Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, Beach Music and recently, South of Broad. Whenever I read a Conroy book I realize what a wide divide exists between a great writer and one like me. Don't get me wrong, I like the way I write,but compared to him and others in his league I am playing Minor League ball and they are in the Majors.

He makes trhe words sound like a finely tuned chorus, harmonizing together in such a magical and powerful way that you are lifted off your chair and moved into a spellbinding  trance of disbelief that anyone could sound so smooth and rhythmic by using the printed word. Here is a randomly chosen sampling from the first page of South of Broad:

                      I carry the delicate porcelain beauty of Charlston like the hinged shell of some soft-tissued
                      mollusk. My soul is peninsula-shaped and sun-hardened and river swollen. The high tides of
                      the city flood my consciousness each day,subject to the whims and harmonies of full moons
                      rising out of the Atlantic. I grow calm when I see the ranks of palmetto trees pulling guard duty
                      on the banks of Colonial  Lake or hear the bells of St. Michael's calling cadence in the cicada-
                      filled trees along Meeting Street, Deep in my bones I knew early that I was one of those
                      incorrigible creatures known as Charlestonians.

See what I mean--definitely Major League. Me, a clutch singles hitter in the minors! But, hey we need those base hits from time to time.


Bye For Now,

Bill

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