Jun 28, 2008

Vasillis's Mini-Challenge

The task is to post one of our favourite quotes from one of our favourite books. I love this idea! Back when I started blogging I used to do this regularly. I even have a Book Quotes tag. This Mini-Challenge is open to both readers and cheerleaders, so here I go:
No man, proclaimed Donne, is an island, and he was wrong. If we were not islands, we would be lost, drowned in each other's tragedies. We are insulated (a word that means, literally, remember, made into an island) from the tragedy of others by our island nature, and by the repetitive shape and form of the stories. The shape does not change: there was a human being who was born, lived, and then, by some means or another, died. There. You may fill the details from your own experience. As unoriginal as any other tale, as unique as any other life.
Neil Gaiman - American Gods

21 comments:

  1. YOU are the one I need to ask... WHICH Neil Gaiman book should I start with?

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  2. A good question :P I think they're all excellent, but normally I recommend that people start with Stardust, because I think that's the one with the most universal appeal.

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  3. Nymeth, that is such a great quote! I love Neil Gaiman. I was thinking about reading Fragile Things for the Readathon today.

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  4. I love Neil Gaiman too :) Fragile Things is a great choice!

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  5. wow, amazing quote! Thanks for sharing that:)

    You are doing such a great job!!!!

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  6. Beautiful! I am also impressed with all the challenges you are participating in!!

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  7. Great quote Nymeth--I can't wait to read this book after the praise you and Rhinoa have given it. I did this mini-challenge as well but I guess a bit too late. I suppose I need to check the internet a little more often??

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  8. Love the Neil Gaiman. Stardust is actually the most recent one I read, after seeing the movie. American Gods was the first and I've been aching to reread it!

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  9. I love the Neil Gaiman quote as well! :)

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  10. you are the best!!!!!! Thanks for so many sweet cheers! I might be back, it depends on how glued my eyes become to my eyelids :) you were incredible help, awesome!

    good night.

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  11. interesting quote! i've got American Gods on my to-read list ...

    thanks for the great cheerleading! it really does help!

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  12. I almost bought Stardust the other day and was distracted by how many books were sitting so pretty beside it - he's written just a little bit, huh?

    Anyway, thx for the rec and I'm just stopping by to cheer YOU on!

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  13. I haven't read that book yet, though my husband has a copy. Nice quote!

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  14. Great quote. You've really been hanging in there!

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  15. Keep reading, keep reading . . and thanks for the great Gaiman quote. . . I must get that book.

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  16. Hi Nymeth! I see you are cheering to the very end! THEN what are you going to go do?

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  17. Thanks to everyone who dropped by to thank me for cheering. Believe me, it was my pleasure! I had tons of fun :)

    To those of you who plan on reading American Gods - I hope you enjoy it!

    Care, I got 7 hours of sleep so I'm not tired. It's almost 5pm here now...immediate post Read-a-thon plans include showering, giving the dogs some attention, and do some more practice exercises for the final I have tomorrow!

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  18. I love that quote from American Gods.

    I have this little notebook I used to carry around with me everywhere and write down quotes in. This exact one is in there.

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  19. That's a great quote!

    I need to read American Gods soon! ;)

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  20. I like the quote from About a Boy by Nick Hornby about no man being an island where the main character says he is an island, he is Ibiza!

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  21. Love, it's a good one, isn't it? I need to get myself a quotes notebook.

    Melody, indeed you do!

    Rhinoa, I like that one too. And I remember that in the movie he says it was Jon Bon Jovi who said it, which completely cracked me up :P Does he also say it in the book? I can't remember.

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