Thursday, 27 January 2011

Scarcely Breathing

Virago celebrates love and strong, good relationships yet they also aren't afraid to look at when relationships aren't quite how we hope. Be they between lovers

'At first I clutched at anything I thought might hold together the torn and tearing garment of our relationship; but while I snatched the edges together with a comfort or a promise to myself in one place, the seams burst, the thread raveled out somewhere else. So in the end I did what so many other women, all through time have done in situations beyond them. I became afraid to move inside that garment. It was torn in so many places, that the seams strained so frailly everywhere, that it seemed only by keeping quite still, scarcely breathing, would it hold together.' Nadine Gordimer The Lying Days

or family

'When her mother seemed to have finished, she put down the half-eaten slice of bread and made towards the door. She had to pass her mother to get to it. They looked at each other. Each at that moment expected, and perhaps wanted, an embrace.' Pat Barker Union Street



  1. Now I've just finished the daily Virago round up for Wednesday over in my corner of western Canada and you're already up on Thursday in the UK! Must get to bed...! These are perfect, as always.

  2. Thank you Carolyn. I like the idea of others going to sleep just as we wake up and sometimes we overlap with our waking hours. Hope you slept well.

  3. That first quote is so tragic and heartbreaking, and yet the description is somehow beautiful. In just a few lines I feel so sad for that woman I want to reach out and give her a huge hug.

  4. How do you manage to pick such beautiful, memorable quotes? You have such a lovely heart to choose such things to treasure.

  5. hip hip - you're right it is somehow beautiful.
    bookssnob - why thank you what a tremendously kind comment.

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