Friday, 27 May 2011

Literary Blog Hop May 26-29

Literary Blog Hop

The literary blog hop is a biweekly meme hosted by The Blue Bookcase. This weeks question is:

Talk about one author that you love and why his or her writing is unique. Please be specific.

I have loved many author's of whom I only read one book. And I wonder is that already enough to judge the uniqueness of any author's work?! Well, I hope so becuase I could have also hated any auhtor's writing of whom I only read one book. And after detesting it so much of course I never felt like picking up the particular author again.

One author I loved and just recently raved about is Arundhati Roy. You can find my review of her book The God of Small Things here. Her writing is as unique as it can be. I never read anything that can be compared to her style until today.

But "Hey now!" you think. "Tell us already what is so special about it!" Okay, of course I'm just too happy to oblige.

Roy's writing is just amazing because every single page is filled with metaphors, descriptions, and poetic prose (in a good readable way). The writing is not hard, it does not blow smoke, it odes not take itself too important although it is important, it is not the writing of a show off. Instead it is gorgeous and lush and rich, like it flew effortless out of Roy's pen. That's why.

And now I will give you one of my most beloved quotes to see for yourself:
But what was there to say?
Only that there were tears. Only that Quietness and Emptiness fitted together like stacked spoons. Only that there was a snuffling in the hollows at the base of a lovely throat. Only that a hard honey-colored shoulder had a semicircle of teethmarks on it. Only that they held each other close, long after it was over. Only that what they shared that night was not happiness, but hideous grief.
Only that once again they broke the Love Laws. That lay down who should be loved. And how. And how much.

What do you think? Have you read it? Have you loved it as much as I did?


  1. This book has been on (and off) my wishlist for a while now. It's on there at the moment and I did *almost* pick it up from the library last week! I will read it!

  2. I love everything she's written so far. All her non-fiction work, whether you agree with her stance or not, has the lilting language that is her trademark. Roy just uses words differently. I love your response. Following you now.

  3. Judith - I would love to hear what you think of it, when you finally read it.

    Che - Thanks for the hint. I haven't read Roy's non-fiction yet, but would love to give it a try. Off to pay you a visit.

  4. Hmm.. I hadn't considered reading this one at all, but I might be changing my mind.

  5. I love Nicholas Sparks and have read many of his books. He keeps me reading and the pages just flow like the wind as I keep reading. Some are full of romance, and some suspense, and I cannot put them down. My favorite is the "Notebook" because it is so real to life. The movie is really wonderful. I read them all in my past but now I joined the reading challenge and it's just for all of his books. Now I am on a hunt for the books I don't own yet. ;)