Monday, December 4, 2017

Lint in Literature: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

My book club recently picked this book, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, for our January book. Since I read like a turtle (well, I'm not sure turtles actually read but I read slow, like a turtle moves), I decided to start reading it now. 

I'm about done, only about 200 pages to go. I'm reading the large print version so it's over 700 pages! But it's so worth it! This book is wonderful! The author is a fabulous writer, the story is unique and compelling, and it's gentle and soothing to read.

Basically, I love it!

Here is the excerpt that contained lint:

Yes, generally speaking such a remark falling from the lips of a statesman should be swept from the floor with the dust and the lint. But when it fell from the lips of Soso, one had good reason to lend it credence.

I've also learned from reading this book that Soso is a childhood nickname of Stalin. That's just one of the hundreds (thousands?) of tidbits you'll pick up. Of course I don't retain such stuff but it's a fascinating historical look at Russia and our world from the early twentieth century through the 1950s (I think, I'm not done yet).

Check out A Gentleman in Moscow if the real world is driving you crazy. This book is a balm against the daily bullshit.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lint in Literature: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

As I just typed that heading, I realized it makes perfect sense that there would be lint near a spool of blue thread. 

So, I finished A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler last week and like all of her novels, loved it. She is a pro at writing novels with great character development and tidbits of everyday life that are easy to read but that are also engaging.

Here's the lint excerpt from this novel:

The rug was linty, the floor was strewn with cast-off hangers and dry-cleaner's bags, and a hard gray light from the stripped windows gave the room a bleak and uncared-for look. 

So, in this instance, lint isn't technically used, but linty is. I'll take it.

What are you reading lately? Have any good lint stories to share?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lint in Literature: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Well, long time, no see. I should be ashamed. It's been almost a year since I last posted here and I know I've read the word 'lint' in more than one book. Did I post about it? NO! 


But I'm posting now about a novel I recently finished and it had the word at least twice. I'll just post one since I forgot to mark the second one. By the way, I loved this book. So, here's the excerpt:

Then I went through the process of wiring him up:  soaking squares of lint with salt solution, fixing these to the electrode plates; putting the plates in position on his leg with elastic bindings. 

This book is kinda creepy, kinda spooky, all good! I just loved it and relished every page.


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