Gravity's Rainbow still sits untouched. Right now I'm reading… - delta_november
May. 2nd, 2007
Gravity's Rainbow still sits untouched. Right now I'm reading something very slightly lighter, and have run across some quotes worth recording:
"It never occurred to him that the reserve he met in Bedap and Tirin might be a response; that his gentle but already formidably hermetic character might form its own ambience, which only great strength, or great devotion, could withstand."
-- LeGuin, Ursula K., The Dispossessed, p 45, Avon, 1975.
"The night before he left for Abbenay his fellow students gave a party for him. Parties were frequent, on slight pretexts, but Shevek was surprised by the energy that went into this one, and wondered why it was such a fine one. Uninfluenced by others, he never knew he influenced them; he had no idea they liked him."
-- Ibid, p 47.
I have days when I empathize with the character Shevek. I particularly understand that someone might have to have great strength or devotion to be my friend.