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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

More than just words...

I'd like to share an extract from a book I'm reading called "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce.
"He wanted to cry. He leaned his elbows on the table and shut and opened the flaps of his ears. Then he heard the noise of the refectory every time he opened the flaps of his ears. It made a roar like a train at night. And when he closed the flaps the roar was shut off like a train going into a tunnel. That night at Dalkey the train had roared like that and then, when it went into the tunnel, the roar stopped. He closed his eyes and the train went on, roaring and then stopping; roaring again, stopping. It was nice to hear it roar and stop and then roar out of the tunnel again and then stop."
This may not seem like an epic tale or a heartfelt poem as the language is so casual (the language in the book develops/matures as the main character grows older - this is closer to the beginning) but it impacted me a lot as I often did this opening and closing of my ears in school, hearing the rushing roar of the noisy room expand and contract. Simply to get away from it all.

16 comments:

  1. Great letter, i like to read your post my friend.

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  2. Ive done the same when i was younger, didnt remember it untill i read this :)

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  3. That james..odd man :P
    Nice one! :)
    x

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  4. That sounds like a really good book. I might need to check that out.

    I'll be following btw :)

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  5. That's very interesting. Changing the narration style while the character himself changes...

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  6. very nice, we played hold your breath for the duration of the tunnel. until the day the train stopped in said tunnel. poor timmy :(

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  7. Keep it up! This has alot of promise!

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  8. Excellent post man! Was a really interesting read! thanks for sharing

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  9. That's kinda deep.. Check out my new blog, puzzledyet.blogspot.com if you haven't already!

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  10. Hah yeh I used to do the thing with the ears too ehheheh

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  11. Nice, have you ever thought of compiling a little book?

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