Commonplace Book

May 15, 2016 at 7:36 pm (books, Eloquence)

 

51r0ee5foBL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_  louise penny greenery2

“None of us can tell the future,” said Gamache. It was an intentionally banal response….
“Oh, I think some can, don’t you?”
Something in his tone made Gamache refocus and give the scientist his attention. “What do you mean?”
“I mean some can predict the future because they create it,” said Rosenblatt. “Oh, not the good things. We can’t make someone love us, or even like us. But we can make someone hate us. We can’t guarantee we’ll be hired for a job, but we can make sure we’re fired.” He put down his apple cider and stared at Gamache. “We can’t be sure we’ll win a war, but we can lose one.”

From The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
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51tg-h9-UML._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_ KateBraverman

There is always a garish carnival across the boulevard. We are born, we eat and sleep, conspire and mourn, a birth, a betrayal, an excursion to the harbor, and it’s done. All of it, done.

From “Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta” by Kate Braverman
(This story can also be found in Best American Short Stories 1991.)
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In the silence that followed, Dodd reflected that it was always interesting to watch the way a man held a sword, providing he wasn’t facing you at the time.

From A Famine of Horses by P.F. Chisholm (Patricia Finney)

51VDXbf33EL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_  Patricia_Finney

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Angie Boyter said,

    Explain the title, please for the noncognoscenti.

    • Roberta Rood said,

      As I understand it, a commonplace book is a kind of journal: one’s own thoughts can be written in it, but equally, the thoughts and sentiments of others that the journal keeper thinks are worth noting and remembering.

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