Forum posts made by alexh

Topic Favorite Lines in a book
Posted 12 Feb 2013 19:09

Well all have to have a favorite line or passage from a book. You know, that one line that really hits you and knocks you back with its prose or depth. Share it here.

I know mine in an instant. I've written in randomly on school chalkboards just because I've memorized it at this point.

"The black shape of it running from dark to dark. Then a distant low rumble. Not thunder. You could feel it under your feet. A sound without cognate and so without description. Something imponderable shifting out there in the dark. The earth itself contracting with the cold. It did not come again. What time of year? What age the child? … The silence. The salitter drying from the earth. The mudstained shapes of flooded cities burned to the waterline. At the crossroads a ground set with dolmen stones where the spoken bones of oracles lay moldering. No sound but the wind. What will you say? A living man spoke these lines? He sharpened a quill with his small pen knife to scribe these things in sloe or lampblack? At some reckonable and entabled moment. He is coming to steal my eyes. To seal my mouth with dirt." --Cormac McCarthy, The Road

It's just so incredibly written. Some of those words don't even technically exist anymore (salitter, which roughly means "the essence of God"). McCarthy is an absolute genius, the true master of our time.