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

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

No Thoroughfare...

No Thoroughfare is a mystery story written by Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens.
 It was originally published in the Extra Christmas Number of All the Year Round, 12 December 1867 and in Every Saturday, Boston, December 1867.
 Written with a stage adaptation in mind, the story is divided into an 'Overture' and three 'Acts'.
 The dramatisation followed publication almost immediately,
opening at the Adelphi Theatre on 26 December 1867.
The edition I read was a Project Gutenberg e-book - released April 4, 2005

in the beginning was a clock
St Paul's iconic clock
marking the time for
a great journey
to begin

a foundling
a little nameles
synchronises with good fortune

but the wine is not yet 
quite ready

there are masks and mysteries
truths and deceits
the usual rubble of circumstance

and then
far away
is a mountain to climb
inclement weather to face
and survive

good wine
needs to mature
but surely

in the end was a clock
a clock-lock
marking the time for
a great journey
to go on

No ThoroughfareNo Thoroughfare by Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Deep in the shades of 1835 London unfolds a story, a mystery. Walter Wilding is a foundling with enigmatic connections. A developing wine business, inherited by Wilding, slowly unmasks the seedy character of Obenreizer, a man keen to further his own fortune, even if it means bartering the life of his fair niece Marguerite and her love for George Vendale, Wilding's partner. It takes a hazardous trip to Switzerland before all the threatening, mysterious shades can be laid to rest. The clock-lock affair (and a secret room) spins a wonderful, tense climax.

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