Posted tagged ‘Sunday Sentence’

#Sunday Sentence

March 5, 2023

This is one of my occasional participations in David Abrams’ Sunday Sentence project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

“All my life, I have taken satisfaction in finishing things in order that I may experience a sense of achievement, regardless of whether the thing was really worth achieving.”

Source: Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

#Sunday Sentence

February 26, 2023

This is one of my occasional participations in David Abrams’ Sunday Sentence project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

“When he was seventeen, he learned the hard way that all it took to become a father was a three-liter bottle of cheap cider, a girlfriend to share it with, an awkward fumble on the Hackney Downs, and a general disregard for the basic laws of nature; and when he was twenty-eight, he learned in the hardest way imaginable that all it took to dim the stars, stop the clocks, and bring the earth to a shuddering halt was one small, invisible sliver of ice on a country road.”

Source: Bear Necessity by James Gould-Bourn

#Sunday Sentence

January 22, 2023

This is one of my occasional participations in David Abrams’ Sunday Sentence project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

“Be spontaneous” is the most paradoxical and impracticable of injunctions, whether coming from other people, or ourselves.

Source: Three O’Clock in the Morning by Gianrico Carofiglio

#Sunday Sentence

October 9, 2022

This is one of my occasional participations in David Abrams’ Sunday Sentence project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

No matter how a child joins your family, their presence changes all the rules; they move into your heart and build new rooms, knock down walls you never knew existed.

Source: All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

#Sunday Sentence

July 3, 2022

This is one of my occasional participations in David Abrams’ Sunday Sentence project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

Children prepare for a sea voyage with a tooth brush and a Teddy Bear; they equip themselves for a trip around the world with a pair of odd socks, a conch shell, and a thermometer; books, and stones and peacock feathers, candy bars, tennis balls, soiled handkerchiefs, and skeins of old string appear to them to be the necessities of travel, and Amy packed, that afternoon, with the impulsiveness of her kind.

Source: “The Sorrows of Gin” by John Cheever

#Sunday Sentence

May 8, 2022

This is one of my occasional participations in David Abrams’ Sunday Sentence project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

She seemed to consider the existence of things which it was impossible to love, like Victorian architecture and Mrs. Thatcher, as proving some kind of moral shortcoming in herself, so that she would always cover up by calling whatever it was fine ‘in its own way.’

Source: The Luxury of Exile by Louis Buss

#Sunday Sentence

April 24, 2022

This is one of my occasional participations in David Abrams’ Sunday Sentence project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

Maria had thought, she said, that they were rid of Anita, that she had been disposed of long ago: the old words, the Ukrainian words, for trollop and whore, slut, slattern, hoyden, minx, meretricious ne’er-do-well–these words she did not know in English and would not have spoken in front of Lev if she had, spewed inside her skull, in (how could she fail to recognize it, in spite of the long silence?) her own mother’s voice.

Source: “A Simple Tale” in The Hunters by Claire Messud

#Sunday Sentence

April 17, 2022

This is one of my occasional participations in David Abrams’ Sunday Sentence project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

We order our lives with barely held stories.

Source: Michael Ondaatje, Warlight

#Sunday Sentence

March 20, 2022

This is one of my occasional participations in David Abrams’ Sunday Sentence project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

Her own parents died in debt, like good Americans.

Source: Lionel Shriver, The Motion of the Body through Space

#Sunday Sentence

March 13, 2022

This is one of my occasional participations in David Abrams’ Sunday Sentence project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

It was an act of pure faith to pick up the receiver, dial a number, to be answered by a wall of silence and speak anyway.

Source: Laura Imai Messina, the phone booth at the edge of the world