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.  And enjoy our quote-studded celebration of Kazantzakis’ superb novel.


Source: Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation, trans. P.A. Bien (London: Faber and Faber, 1983), p. 370

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