Vox Hunt: Excerpt from One of My Favorites

Share a sentence from one of your favorite books.

Since I'm a day late, I'll give you two:

"There was a short silence during which time Mr Norrell found it impossible to meet Strange's eye. "What do you want from me?" he asked in a low voice.
"Only what I have always wanted — your help."

–Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

This is a long book.  And I know there are some that didn't get into it.  I almost put it away after starting and I'm glad I didn't.  This sentence is near the end and is a great distillation of the story.

He sat down on a grassy bank and looked at the city that surrounded him, and thought, one day he would have to go home.  And one day he would have to make a home to go back to.  He wondered whether home was a thing that happened to a place after a while, or if it was something that you found in the end, if you simply walked and waited and willed it long enough. – Neil Gaiman, American Gods

I read this book at a time of great flux in my life — a time when I wasn't really sure where I was going and this passage really resonated with me.

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2 thoughts on “Vox Hunt: Excerpt from One of My Favorites

  1. Nice introspection from Gaiman (or should I say extrospection…)? this reminds me of the philosophies that came up reading The Sandman. Haven't tried either book but will certainly take a gander – thanks!

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