These paper boats of mine are meant to dance on the ripples of hours, and not reach any destination... Rabindranath Tagore

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past...F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.
On the way to the river are the old dormitories, used for something else now, with their fairy-tale turrets, painted white and gold and blue. When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.
--from Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness Begins

The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness (2008) ~ Colin Thompson is the author and illustrator.
This view is on the inside of the book just before the story begins.

Opening words:

George lived alone with his grandmother and an empty place where his mother and father should have been. 

George’s grandmother was a kind lady, but she was very old and the two of them spent most of their lives on different planets.

Clearly from the opening words, the young boy has a very deep, hollow sense of loneliness that needs filling with love quite urgently.

Linking to:
Book Beginnings on Fridays


Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This does sound like a sad book, but perhaps with hopeful themes, too.


Sandy Nachlinger said...

This sounds like an interesting children's book -- much better than "See Spot Run!" I love the illustration.
My book beginning is from SEASON OF SISTERS.

Amber said...

I know it's supposed to be sad, but I detect a tinge of resentment or bitterness in these lines...I like them though.

Here's my beginning:

Joanne P (Booklover Book Reviews) said...

Sounds haunting... You just know something inspiring will happen though.

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