Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!
I was spoilt for choice this week as I currently have five books on the go, which basically goes against everything I stand for because I’ve always been a pretty monogamous sort of reader and just stick to one at a time. There are a couple of reasons I have so many on the go: first because I started two books during the 24in48 readathon and didn’t finish them (you can read all about my weekend spent in bed reading here); and the other reason is the subject of this week’s Teaser Tuesday – The Collected Novells of Stefan Zweig.
At 384 pages it isn’t really that long, but some of the novellas have been a little hard to get into, so I sat it aside and read something else instead. But yesterday morning on the train, just a forced myself to continue reading it. Zweig’s writing came alive again and had me excited for what lay ahead. So I thought I’d share a couple of sentences from that particular novella, ‘Confusion’. Here, the lull after the passion and vibrancy of Shakespeare’s day is discussed:
“And as suddenly as it vibrantly arose that magnificent eruption of mankind collapses again, twitching; the drama is over, England exhausted, and for another hundred years the damp and foggy grey of the Thames lies dull upon the spirit again. A whole race has scaled the heights and depths of passion in a single onslaught, feverishly spewing the overflowing, frenzied soul from its breast—and there the land lies now, weary, worn out; pettifogging Puritanism closes the theatres and thus silences the impassioned language, the Bible alone is heard again, the word of God, where the most human word of all had made the most fiery confessions of all time, and a single ardent race lived for thousands in its own unique way.”
What are you reading this week?