Writer’s Workshop with Mama Kat: Books

It’s time for Writers Workshop with Mama Kat at Mama Kat’s Losin’ It!

The prompt I chose today:
1.) Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page and share two “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
(inspired by Heather)


I’m always in the middle of reading several books at once.  Currently I have three with active bookmarks.  I chose the one on the top of the pile on my desk.  Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier  I’ve been reading this for awhile now since it’s one of those books where you have to concentrate to find the hidden message and yadda yadda.  That means I only pick it up when I am in the mood and have adequate time to read it (both have been scarce as of late).  Here are two lines from page 80 (paperback version).  It is part of a journal written by an Amadeu de Prado and is being read by the main character Raimund Gregorius who has been so captured by Prado’s words he’s left behind his life in Germany to go to Lisbon to uncover the meaning behind the authors journal.
“And I had tried to drive away something else in the lighted streets: the memory of my rage at my clumsy words announcing the bitter message that had later been turned against Adriana only because she, who takes care of me better than a mother, had forgotten to bring my favorite bread.  If only the white gold light of the morning would extinguish this injustice that wasn’t untypical for me!”

There is a line further onto the next page that I love:
“How does this figure fit into the framework of the pleasure and displeasure and into the remaining architecture of his soul?”

“architecture of his soul”  I really like that line.  It sounds like a good way to describe a person’s soul as it’s built with different turns and twists and supports, always changing and being built.
And another favorite line:
“Names are the invisible shadows with which others clothe us and we them.” page 161
I really like that line as well.  Just take some time to think on it and I’d love to hear any interpretations you come up with!
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8 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop with Mama Kat: Books

  1. That's some deep stuff! I haven't read a book for me since I can't remember. The kids are too busy destroying stuff for me to relax enough to read a book. One day maybe.

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  2. Like Casey said, that does sound like some deep stuff! I'm looking forward to going on vacation next week – I usually (finally) find time to sit down and read a good book…I used to read at least 1 book a week, but after Princess Nagger came along that seems to have taken a back seat to everything else… 😉

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  3. That is kind of intense huh? I wish I had your focus – the focus to read more than a magazine. I did read a few articles in Architectural Digest. I'm thinking I get some extra credit since it is a step up from Marie Claire. I'm just sayin'. ;DOh – and “architecture of his soul” is a pretty fabulous line.

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  4. Such beautiful words!!!I didn't choose this prompt because I am in my Trashy summer reading phase…jennifer weiner,Sophie Kinsellaemily griffin…That kind of stuff…Lovely though… really.

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