Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Rec. #176 (abbrev.): The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye
What: A.S. Byatt, five short stories, fables for grown-ups, sailors, daughters, villages, kings, queens, the Dead, dragons, wishes, coffins, tailors, fields, storytellers
Representative quote: "Once upon a time, when men and women hurtled through the air on metal wings, when they wore webbed feet and walked on the bottom of the sea, learning the speech of whales and the songs of dolphins, when pearly-fleshed and jeweled apparitions of Texan herdsmen and houris shimmered in the dusk on Nicaraguan hillsides, when folk in Norway and Tasmania in dead of winter could dream of fresh strawberries, dates, guavas and passion fruits and find them spread next morning on their tables, there was a woman who was largely irrelevant, and therefore happy."
Also: Mentioned during Personal Wreck Week (List #5).