“Her eyes…”

A few minutes of authoring fun.

[Kindle app for iPad/iPhone. Photo by me, September 2020.]

These were written by a few of literature’s great authors, who have been read for generations so far and are likely to be read for many generations to follow us.

Note the highlighted sentence in each picture.

First, Jane Austen:

[From Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen. Photo by me, 2020.]

Next, Charles Dickens:

[From A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. Photo by me, 2020.]

Leo Tolstoy (in the English translation he approved):

[From War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy. Photo by me, 2020.]

Henry James:

[From The American, by Henry James. Photo by me, 2020.]

Thomas Hardy:

[From Wessex Tales (a collection of short stories), by Thomas Hardy. Photo by me, 2020.]

Edith Wharton:

[From The Custom of the Country, by Edith Wharton. Photo by me, 2020.]

Now that you have seen those, there is Dean Koontz:

I blog. You decide.

Austen, Dickens, Tolstoy, James, Hardy, and Wharton could not be reached for comment.😉

Have a good day, wherever, uh… your eyes look.😂

4 thoughts on ““Her eyes…”

  1. Thanks for the laugh before 6 am.
    I have an eye problem myself. People at my office: tell me I roll my eyes at people and seriously I don’t even know its happening.
    Oh well. They are an inner reflection of my thoughts.
    Must mean 1 of 2 things :
    either what they are saying is stupid
    or they are just irritating me.

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  2. In March, 2018, I reviewed Dean Koontz’s “Ricochet Joe.” I gave it three stars out of five, though I’m a fairly generous reviewer. I try to find the good in everything, every person, and why not, every writer.

    Some artists stop trying after many years of success. For instance, the early Frank Sinatra was a better singer than the Frank Sinatra who sang “Strangers in the Night” and “It was a Very Good Year,” where he slid, hummed consonants and actually went flat…because he could. He was Sinatra.

    Likewise, Dean Koontz’s “Whispers” and “Demon Seed” (late 70s and early 80s) were class acts. “Ricochet Joe” from two years ago was truly disappointing.

    So, forgive me if my eyes roll at some of his advice.

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    1. Koontz must know that is clearly a literary device, so he pushing out such a “my way or the highway” to IMPRESSIONABLE new writers on Twitter when even he must know there is an ABUNDANCE of evidence to the contrary offered by legendary writers, does a disservice. I’m not talking about not using the “N” word any longer; I’m talking about a sentence structure and effort to convey an action/feeling in English that is as valid in 2020 as it was in “1920.” Language is not LITERAL all the time and of all people he should know that. Koontz’s bland formulation is terrific if you are producing, say, driving directions, but hardly will take literature anywhere new.

      Your point too that sometimes an edge can be lost with the passage of time, such as by the time Sinatra was not singing quite as well as he had previously, is so on target. It can happen to writers too. My uncle told me several months before he died in 2015 (interestingly he was 75, as Wikipedia says Koontz currently is) that he wanted to write another full novel. (He had not since 2004.) He felt he still had more to say, but also said he just could not motivate himself or concentrate enough to do so any longer. What had been a passion in “1980” had fizzled out by 2015. I recall thinking it was just him being a bit “lazy” but I did not say that of course. I’m glad I didn’t, because after he died months later I realize now how internally weak he must have truly felt.

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