“She stands up in the garden where she has been working and looks into the distance. She has sensed a shift in the weather. There is another gust of wind, a buckle of noise in the air, and the tall cypresses sway. She turns and moves uphill towards the house, climbing over a low wall, feeling the first drops of rain on her bare arms. She crosses the loggia and quickly enters the house.
In the kitchen she doesn’t pause but goes through it and climbs the stairs which are in darkness and then continues along the long hall, at the end of which is a wedge of light from an open door.
She turns into the room which is another garden – this one made up of trees and bowers painted over its walls and ceiling. The man lies on the bed, his body exposed to the breeze, and he turns his head slowly towards her as she enters.”
‘The English Patient’ by Michael Ondaatje
Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:-
‘A Change of Climate’ by Hilary Mantel
‘A Farewell to Arms’ by Ernest Hemingway
‘The Sense of an Ending’ by Julian Barnes
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Yes, it is. I think we all probably have a clearer memory of the film than the book, so this is a nice reminder. SD
What a great passage, and a great book!