It’s becoming a bit of a tradition for The Parrish lantern to take part in The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop, run by Judith at Leeswammes' Blog. The idea behind the hop is that although there are a lot of hops aimed at YA readers, this one is aimed at those whose persuasions are more literary, by this she means that the prize given should be of literary merit. It does not have to be the most difficult classic ever, but please no romance, urban fiction or YA. Thrillers, poetry and non-fiction are fine, as are contemporary fiction, literary fiction and any other genres not in the categories above. All participants run their own hops but are linked under the umbrella of Judith’s The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop title, making this the fourth hop, but the third The Natty Hat Comp.
The Natty Hat Comp #3
Now as it’s a literary hop I try to make who ever takes part - think a bit - that’s all I ask, no need to follow unless you want to, nowt else but answer a question. The first time was to choose a favourite poem, the second a favoured word, so I had to come up with a new idea, which I found whilst browsing the internet a couple of weeks ago. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, people memorize books, literally becoming the embodiment of a particular book, so….. my question is what book would you be?
All those who enter the competition and leave me some way of contacting them (E,mail, Twitter etc.), will receive, what would be my(one of) choices. This book is by a writer, I discovered for myself, back in my youth and whose work I devoured, and yet apart from his poetry I had not read in a long time, part scared that it was a youthful flirtation, part whatever other reason sprung to mind?. My choice is Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, this wonderful tetralogy as Durrell explains in his preface to Balthazar, “are four novels(Justine (1957), Balthazar (1958), Mountolive (1958), and Clea (1960) that are an exploration of relativity and the notions of continuum and subject–object relation, with modern love as the subject”, but beyond that it’s a book of words that have a poetic urgency that will make you gasp, with the realisation that language can be expressed with such a painful beauty and yet still be human.
Here is the link list to my fellow cohorts, compadres,collaborators, comrades and partners in crime, please check them out and pass on my regards – Oh and enjoy. Thanks again..
- Leeswammes/ Curiosity Killed The Bookworm/ Lit Endeavors (US)/ The Book Whisperer/ Rikki’s Teleidoscope/ 2606 Books and Counting/ Sam Still Reading/ Bookworm with a view/ Breieninpeking (Dutch readers)/ Seaside Book Nook/ Elle Lit (US)/ Nishita’s Rants and Raves/ Tell Me A Story/ Living, Learning, and Loving Life (US)/ Book’d Out/ Uniflame Creates/ An Armchair by the Sea (UK)/ bibliosue/ Lena Sledge’s Blog (US)/ Roof Beam Reader/ Misprinted Pages/ Mevrouw Kinderboek (Dutch readers)/ Under My Apple Tree (US)/ Indie Reader Houston/ Book Clutter/ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (US)/ Lizzy’s Literary Life/ Sweeping Me/ Caribousmom (US)/ Minding Spot (US)/ Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea/ The Book Diva’s Reads/ The Blue Bookcase/ Thinking About Loud!/ write meg! (US)/ Devouring Texts/ Thirty Creative Studio (US)/ The Book Stop/ Dolce Bellezza (US)/ Simple Clockwork/ Chocolate and Croissants/ The Scarlet Letter (US)/ Reflections from the Hinterland (N. America)/ De Boekblogger (Europe, Dutch readers)/ Readerbuzz (US)/ Must Read Faster (N. America)/ Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry/ carolinareti/ Ephemeral Digest/ Scattered Figments (UK)/ Bibliophile By the Sea/ The Blog of Litwits (US)/ Kate Austin/ Alice Anderson (US)/ Always Cooking up Something.