Spellbound by sentence
She is one of Canada’s most treasured gems. Literary empress, Margaret Atwood has been wooing the world with words since The Handmaid’s Tale was awarded several times over and recognized globally as a notable science fiction novel in 1985.
Her storytelling is daring. It provokes lumps to form in throats and tongues to lick lips. She caresses words, cajoling them into bold statements and poetic sentences.
Here are a few quotes that seem to make time stop in its tracks…
“I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.”
“Romance takes place in the middle distance. Romance is looking in at yourself through a window clouded with dew. Romance means leaving things out: where life grunts and shuffles, romance only sighs.”
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
“The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn’t one.”
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
“You can think clearly only with your clothes on.”
Atwood’s latest book, MaddAddam, was released this year.
~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider