All the doors of Israel

All the doors of Israel

It’s now a month since I read this book and I still have a burning impression of dazzling light and heat. Here the sun is stalking the Israelites like a lion. The sun came out of the desert like a lion and beat at all the doors of Israel.  See also his desert...
Two years and counting!

Two years and counting!

WritingRedux was launched in 2016 on the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth which happens to be Saint Jordi’s Day in Spain, something like Valentine’s day, celebrated with gifts of books and roses. That makes us two years old today, so a chance to...
See me, pity me

See me, pity me

Simeon is one of the strongest, most dynamic characters in this vibrantly retold story of Christ’s life.  He is Jesus’ uncle and the rabbi of Nazareth, and is hanging on to life by sheer force of will because God has told him he will see the Messiah before...
Stars as pearls

Stars as pearls

Strings of star-pearls draped around a beauteously bejewelled night! ‘The stars were strings of pearls around the neck and arms of the night.’ For another pearly metaphor, see this from Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.   Source: Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last...
Yeast needed

Yeast needed

Liked this way of portraying a skinny, hollowed out man – made without leaven, flat as a pancake. ‘A hairless, cross-eyed man with a sharp skinny snout jumped up. He looked as though someone had forgotten to add the yeast when he was kneaded.’  ...
Beach books

Beach books

We recently enjoyed a month’s holiday – the longest we’ve ever had – to celebrate Luiz’s retirement.  One of the happiest elements in packing for a trip is messing about choosing which books to take.  Here’s the pile I took and read...
Letters opening up like doors

Letters opening up like doors

What a wonderful description of words and letters opening up to let meaning emerge in brightness and fire. How much prose has such compelling clarity of meaning? Let’s add this to our writing KPIs (key performance ink-dicators). This is from a splendid novel by...
Low-gliding and pale-beaming

Low-gliding and pale-beaming

We are early enough in the year for the sun to still be ‘low-gliding’ in the sky and ‘pale-beaming’ in the evenings, but its arc is rising in  trajectory and time. The daily occurrence and subtle shifts observed over weeks and months are both...
Close-set bars

Close-set bars

The undertow of Jane Eyre is the prising apart of, and escape from, close-set bars: intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, the lot.  Freedom to think, feel, speak and love. See also ‘spike-guarded walls’ and a compelling quotation from the same book...

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