Today's quote comes from God of Small Things which is one of the most well-written books I've read. It's the one that made me cry on the plane. It's pretty freaking beautiful. Actually, it's a masterpiece. I'm amazed at how brilliant Roy's writing is, and how it is so brilliant on so many levels. It's one of those books you read and then you write a thank you note to the person who introduced you to the world that lives inside the pages.
"The secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don't deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don't surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover's skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don't. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won't. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn't. And yet you want to know again."
Every time I read this I think of East of Eden and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and The Razor's Edge, because they are without question the books that have most profoundly impacted me. I know I say this all the time, but every single time Sam Hamiltion dies, it kills a little piece of my soul in the best way possible, because every time I start the book, I'm a bit convinced Sam will live this time. Somehow, if I wish for it hard enough, Sam will live through the book. That is the essence of a Great Story.