July 23, 2004

Time Traveling Librarians?

Because we all want to pop up naked in the Newberry Library.

This most recent installment of "Julie's Book Club" has us reading The Time Traveler's Wife, which turns out to be absolutely mesmerizing and unlike anything I've read in a while. It's not time traveling like Connie Willis time travels, and it's not really science fiction, it's just a really surprising love story that isn't overdone. The main character is a librarian who time travels back and forth between his own life, and the whole book seems to take on fate vs. free will and all sorts of other crazy issues.

Anyway, I'm just over a half way through, so I'll keep you, my devoted readers, posted.

However, here's a great quotation taken from an essay by the author, Audrey Niffenegger. It's nothing groundbreaking, but it's so nicely worded:

The delightful part about making anything is that no story or picture is ever complete. When I am reading, I add things to the story that were never put there by the writer. When you read my writing, you have your own vision of each character, and your own understanding of their motives and desires. If I could put my eye to your brain I would hardly recognize my world, it is a collaboration between the two of us. You have your own supply of ideas, which my writing is calling forth.

Posted by Julie Young at July 23, 2004 11:03 PM
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Agreeing with what you have quoted from the author, this is what I always thought was the most amazing part of any piece of writing. We all -technically- read it in the same language, but we translate it differently in our minds. Thinking about that gives me shivers down my spine :^)

Posted by: Karissa at July 26, 2004 12:36 PM
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