Unusual Creatures by Chevalier

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it at 

Remarkable Creatures
by Tracy Chevalier
page 56

"We needed fossils. I wanted to go out too, even with the cold, but I was stuck indoors, juggling baby about to stop his crying. He was such a squally little thing it was hard to like him. The only thing that shut him up was when I held him tight and jiggled him and sang 
"Don't Let Me Die An Old Maid" over and over."


A book with characters who are fossil hunters? I know! Strange topic? Maybe. This book is about the writing, the descriptions of a harsh setting that somehow draws my curiosity in what could possibly be happening in this story. The characters are sharply defined. As I realize that I am interested in this quiet, rather plodding, account of the people in an unappealing setting with unusual, muddy attitudes, I wonder where on earth this story is leading. At this point, it seems to be about the lives of people doing what they do and that common humanity which exists in each of us.



Linda said...

Yes, it does seem strange that she needed fossils but had to care for the baby. thanks for posting and thanks for visiting me!

fredamans said...

I find it odd at the disconnect between the person and the baby. Sad.

Mereknits said...

Very interesting sentence, the poor baby being held by someone who is not very connected to it. Thanks for your lovely comments about your son attending The Ohio State University and loving it. They made me feel so much better.
Happy Weekend,