Frasi di Diane Setterfield

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Diane Setterfield

Data di nascita: 22. Agosto 1964

Diane Setterfield è una scrittrice britannica.

È autrice di due romanzi : La tredicesima storia e Le nere ali del tempo


„Sarà che le emozioni hanno un odore, o un sapore; sarà che le trasmettiamo inconsapevolmente inviando vibrazioni nell'aria.“ The Thirteenth Tale

„People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in the ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.“ The Thirteenth Tale


„There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.“ The Thirteenth Tale

„All morning I struggled with the sensation of stray wisps of one world seeping through the cracks of another. Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes -- characters even -- caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you.“ The Thirteenth Tale

„I have always been a reader; I have read at every stage of my life, and there has never been a time when reading was not my greatest joy. And yet I cannot pretend that the reading I have done in my adult years matches in its impact on my soul the reading I did as a child. I still believe in stories. I still forget myself when I am in the middle of a good book. Yet it is not the same. Books are, for me, it must be said, the most important thing; what I cannot forget is that there was a time when they were at once more banal and more essential than that. When I was a child, books were everything. And so there is in me, always, a nostalgic yearning for the lost pleasure of books. It is not a yearning that one ever expects to be fulfilled.“ The Thirteenth Tale

„Of course I loved books more than people.“ The Thirteenth Tale

„There are too many books in the world to read in a single lifetime; you have to draw the line somewhere.“ The Thirteenth Tale

„A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth.“ The Thirteenth Tale


„What better place to kill time than a library?“ The Thirteenth Tale

„What better way to get to know someone than through her choice and treatment of books?“ The Thirteenth Tale

„All children mythologise their birth. It is a universal trait. You want to know someone? Heart, mind and soul? Ask him to tell you about when he was born. What you get won’t be the truth: it will be a story. And nothing is more telling than a story.“ The Thirteenth Tale

„A birth is not really a beginning. Our lives at the start are not really our own but only the continuation of someone else's story.“ The Thirteenth Tale


„Politeness. Now there's a poor man's virtue if ever there was one. What's so admirable about inoffensiveness, I should like to know. After all, it's easily achieved. One needs no particular talent to be polite. On the contrary, being nice is what's left when you've failed at everything else. People with ambition don't give a damn what other people think about them.“ The Thirteenth Tale

„I know there are people who don't read fiction at all, and I find it hard to understand how they can bear to be inside the same head all the time.“

„Do they sense it, these dead writers, when their books are read? Does a pinprick of light appear in their darkness? Is their soul stirred by the feather touch of another mind reading theirs? I do hope so.“ The Thirteenth Tale

„But silence is not a natural environment for stories. They need words. Without them they grown pale, sicken and die. And then they haunt you.“ The Thirteenth Tale

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