In The Skin of a Lion is one of my favourite novels. There is a certain quote from it that has stayed with me since I read it the first time, and often I return to it when I’m writing about other people’s work. It goes:
“The first sentence of every novel should be: trust me, this will take time but there is order here. Very faint, very human. Meander if you want to get to town.”
If I had my way, that sentence would be the precursor for all stories – literary or visual. I have no real need for the traditional pace of a story with a beginning, middle and end as a reader or a viewer, because that’s not how life really works. I like it best when things unfold slowly, over time.
Michael Ondaatje – In The Skin of a Lion ➝