August 6, 2009
Favorite Quote Friday
He nodded, and I was out the French doors and across the terrace in an eye blink, into the stream of the wind. It caught me and washed over me like water itself, cool and damp and smelling of pine and salt and distance and dark, secret green places, and I threw out my arms and laughed aloud and rode the wind down the steps on the face of the cliff to the beach and the sea. (Colony by Anne Rivers Siddons)
I read this in November of 2001. Here's the brief review I wrote in my journal:
Unforgettable! Took a couple of chapters to hook me, but then I couldn't put it down. Reminded me of Pilcher's The Shell Seekers. Not great literature, but not fluff either. Beautiful passages and a great three-generational saga. I grew to care about many of the characters and still think of them. Maude tells the story of her marriage and family and of their summer visits to "Retreat" on the Maine coast. She loved her husband dearly in spite of his flaws (selfish and a terrible father). Raised two children and several grandchildren. Dysfunctional family, yet not an overly depressing story. Moving, yet not maudlin. Overbearing mother-in-law, Hannah, warms up toward the end of her life. Rich with emotion. Intense drama. Memorable characters and events. Will read more by Siddons. Rating: A (9/10 Terrific!)
Well... I have read more by Siddons, but only one (The House Next Door) has been as good as Colony. Everything else has paled in comparison. And about those memorable characters and events. Hmmm, let's just say it's been a long eight years. I only have a vague recollection of a few events. I could definitely read it again and would probably be just as entertained.