Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
This week I’m featuring World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down by Christian McEwen, a book I’ve borrowed from a friend:
When the Lilliputians first saw Gulliver’s watch, ‘that wonderful kind of engine … a globe, half silver and half of some transparent metal [glass!]’, they told themselves it had to be his god. After all, ‘he very seldom did anything without consulting it; he called it his oracle, and said it pointed out the time for every action of his life.’
Also every Friday there is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice.
These are the rules:
- Grab a book, any book.
- Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader. If you have to improvise, that is okay.
- Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
- Post it.
- Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.
Consider this quotation:
and this is what we mean by friends. Even when they are absent, they are with us … even when they are weak, they are strong; and … even when they are dead, they are alive.
About the Book (extracted from Goodreads)
Slowness can open doors to sustained creativity, claims poet and teacher Christian McEwen. Over the course of ten years training teachers to write their own poems in order to pass the craft along to students, McEwen realized that nothing comes easily when life is conducted at a high rate of speed. She draws not only on personal experience, but on readings ranging from literary anecdote and poetry to Buddhism, anthropology, current news, and social history, all supplemented by interviews with contemporary writers and artists. This is a real reader’s book, one that stands up as both sustained narrative and occasional inspiration.
This is a book to take your time over reading it – you can read straight through or dip in and out of the chapters, focusing on different themes. I don’t want to rush through it – so at times, as I’m reading it I may quote further extracts in future posts rather than writing a review.
What about you? Does it tempt you or would you stop reading?
8 thoughts on “My Friday Post: World Enough & Time by Christian McEwan”
This sounds like a really interesting concept, Margaret. Certainly too fast a pace of life can be a big problem and cause all sorts of other problems. I’ll be interested in what you think of this one when you’re finished.
Great concepts! Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “THOSE OTHER WOMEN”
Enjoyed the excerpts.
sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes
Love that Cicero quote!! Happy weekend!
I don’t think this is for me. I tend to avoid nonfiction and anything like “self help.” This week I am spotlighting The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye. Happy reading!
I’m intrigued by this one and it looks like it’s perfect for this time of year!
It has been a long time since I read Gulliver’s Travels so I forgot that the Lilliputians worshiped him. I’m highlighting BEARTOWN today
Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend. 🙂
Lauren @ Always Me
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