Stardust

I started reading Stardust over a month ago, and since it has been to a hundred different place in my purse. And it sadly suffered great casualties when I accidentally poured my iced coffee all over it and the inside of my purse when I was in Pittsburgh.

But it survived all of that to emerge one of my favourite books in a long time.

Stardust is absolutely beautiful. I expected to like it, but not quite as much as I did. It was the perfect little fairytale. And it wasn’t at all ruined by having seen the movie already, because the plot isn’t the point of the book. It’s the words and the style and love. It’s gorgeous. It made me feel exactly like the movie does - all warm and bubbly inside. Happy. Hopeful.

So now, some amazing quotes:

“First the light inthe sky was no bigger than the moon, then it seemed larger, infinitely larger, and the whole grove trembled and quivered and every creature held its breath and the fireflies glowed brighter than they had ever glowed in their live, each one convinced that this at last was love, but to no avail…”

“One evening, camped at the edge of a deep wood, Tristran heard something he had never heard before: a beautiful melody, plangent and strange. It filled his head with visions, and filled his heart with awe and delight. The music made him think of spaces without limits, of huge crystalline spheres which revolved with unutterable slowness through vasty halls of the air. The melody transported him, took him beyond himself.”

“They kissed for the first time then in the cold spring rain, though neither one of them now knew that it was raining. Tristran’s heart pounded in his chest as if it were not big enough to contain all the joy that it held. He opened his eyes and kissed the star. Her sky-blue eyes stared back into his, and in her eyes he could see no parting from her.”

“Have been unavoidably detained by the world. Expect us when you see us.”

And the penultimate scene, which could easily make the entire book worth it had the entire book been bad, which it wasn’t:

“”So what I want to know is why it is that I can no longer find you, in my mind. You are still there, just, but you are there like a ghost, a will o’ the wisp. Not long ago you burned — your heart burned — in my mind like silver fire. But after that night in the inn it became patchy and dim, and now it is not there at all.”

Yvaine realized that she felt nothing but pity for the creature who had wanted her dead, so she said, “Could it be that the heart that you seek is no longer my own?”

The old woman coughed. Her whole frame shook and spasmed with the retching effort of it.

The star waited for her to be done and then she said, “I have given my heart to another.”

“The boy? The one in the inn? With the unicorn?”

“Yes.”

“You should have let me take it back then, for my sisters and me. We could have been young again, well into the next age of the world. Your boy will break it, or waste it, or lose it. They all do.”

“Nonetheless,” said the star, “he has my heart.”"

Beautiful.

3 Comments

  • By Christine, May 17, 2009 @ 11:14 pm

    Hotty from the movie is in a movie called Stone of Destany or something, I want to see it….

  • By Fae, May 17, 2009 @ 11:30 pm

    All I can say is: Exactly. :)

    I knew you would come out from reading this book having got precisely what I got from it, and loving it for all the same reasons I did. It really is so beautiful, especially that ending passage… hence why I quoted it everywhere, right after reading it. Hehe. Great new blog, babes…! Now I just have to figure out how to add it to my feed….

  • By Sebastian, May 18, 2009 @ 8:12 am

    The kissing-in-the-rain sequence is still one of my favourites. And very British :)

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