Moments before sleep are when she feels most alive, leaping across fragments of the day, bringing each moment into the bed with her like a child with schoolbooks and pencils. The day seems to have no order until these times, which are like a ledger for her, her body full of stories and situations.
("The English Patient")
More Quotes from Michael Ondaatje:Research can be a big clunker. It's difficult to know how you can make the historical light.
It doubles your perception, to write from the point of view of someone you're not.
You think that you are an iconoclast, but you're not. You just move, or replace what you cannot have. If you fail at something, you retreat into something else. Nothing changes you.... I left you because I knew I could never change you. You would stand in the room so still sometimes, as if the greatest betrayal of yourself would be to reveal one more inch of your character.
In Canada pianos needed water. You opened up the back and left a full glass of water, and a month later the glass would be empty. Her father had told her about the dwarfs who drank only at pianos, never in bars.
He had been slowing down, the way one, half asleep, continually rereads the same paragraph trying to find a connection between sentences.
I don't see novels ending with any real sense of closure.
Readers Who Like This Quotation Also Like:Based on Topics: Sleep Quotes
Based on Keywords: schoolbooks
A whole generation of young whites have involved themselves with traditional Negro music.
We've always been a bit out of touch with reality.
There can be no one best way of organizing a business.