05-05-2008 11:49 PM - edited 05-05-2008 11:50 PM
These metaphors and similes are from the early pages. As we move further into the story, I'll pick out some others:
At her first neighborhood party, Cornelia encounters... "a pastel-colored prairie of linen pants and sleeveless tops stretching in every direction as far as the eye could see. I stood on its edge and felt myself turning -- subtly, like an early autumn leaf or a days-old open bottle of red wine -- from easy and elegant to overreaching and tarty."
"Hush," said Piper... and that's when she cocked her head again and gave me a small, puzzled, pitying, faintly disapproving frown, the kind of look one might give a stain on one's blouse or a bearded lady at the circus.
"Oh," It was a forlorn "oh" for sure but at least I didn't do what I felt like doing, which was bleat like a lost lamb.
I held out my hand. It looked undersized and flimsy compared to hers, like a little breakable starfish...
Piper's eyes took on a... "nervous, almost stricken look, like Tippi Hedren's eyes when she first begins to think the birds are after her."
Dev's teacher compliments him with a sentence of praise .... "and the sentence stretched over him like a rainbow only he could see."
Cornelia watches Dev as he talks about Robert Frost's poetry. She watched as his... "ideas and thoughts forming, folding, pleating itself, like origami paper, into something intricate and surprising."
Lake says to Cornelia about Dev's intelligence: "Sometimes, I felt like his brain was this hungry pacing animal, and I had to keep throwing it chunks of meat."
More to come....
Message Edited by IBIS on 05-05-2008 11:50 PM
"I am a part of everything that I have read."
05-07-2008 09:55 PM
I had to start this thread specifically to highlight the amazingly exquisite writing in Belong to Me.
05-08-2008 10:59 AM
Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.