This picture is so orange it practically contains Vitamin C. I’m still enjoying the scarf I’m making with the leftover orange yarn, though I’ll have to buy some more yarn soon. I love when fancy camera tricks (performed unintentionally, at least when I’m the photographer) make books look huge. My favorite example is this one, but today’s is pretty good too. It looks as if the book barely fits on the shelf and has to jut off the edge – which I assure you is not the case.
I’m reading Geraldine Brooks’ The Secret Chord. I was very excited about this book when it came out because I love the David story, but when I first bought it I had trouble getting into it. I put it aside for a few months, and I found that after the prologue (Which is in italics. How do we feel about prologues in italics? I find them pretentious), the book is great. It tells the life story of David through the eyes and first-person narration of Natan, his prophet. I love the whole prophet-king dynamic in the Old Testament. Never gets old. This book reminds me of Annabel Lyon’s The Golden Mean, a book I loved but didn’t review here because I read it a year or so before we started the blog. That novel is the life story of Alexander the Great told in the first person by Aristotle. The Secret Chord jumps around in time and hasn’t covered the hundred-foreskins incident yet – but sooner or later it will, right? Brooks could hardly write a book about David without the hundred foreskins, could she? I think there’s a rule about that. And also, I hope that the title proves to be integral to this book on its own terms and not just a Leonard Cohen reference. I have no problem with Leonard Cohen references; I just worry that this one may be gratuitous.
Yarn Along is hosted by Ginny on her blog, Small Things.