Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday Sentence

Thanks to Erika Dreifus for reminding me of the Sunday Sentence Project, which asks others to share the best sentence(s) they read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

Here's mine:

"And sometimes you'd see the big ones, the ones nobody was ever going to hook, slipping away under the water like dark-brown dreams."

from The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

By the way, I started reading The Bean Trees because it was assigned reading for my son's high school Honors English class, and I had to wait in the car just before returning it to the library, so I picked it up, started reading, and got hooked (unlike those fish in the sentence above). It's an entertaining read, but not great literature (except for occasionally brilliant prose like the sentence above), so I remain puzzled why it would be assigned for an English class in high school, when surely more important classics could be brought to the students' attention. Thankfully, they are now reading The Merchant of Venice.


  1. This was on my high school reading list as well. I wonder what the big deal is.

  2. Hmmm, interesting!

    I've heard of the author, but not the book.