One of my favourite quotations is the opening of Robin Jenkins's novel, Happy for the Child: “Pages 256 and 257 were missing. Shocked, the boy slowly and in fear became aware that the book in his hands was merely a destructible contrivance of gum and paper, and that in spite of it round him in the little kitchen crowded the familiar baleful furniture …..” For me this captures and expresses vividly the sense of complete absorption, the feeling of total immersion one can experience in reading, and it springs to mind immediately as a first response to the Editor's suggestion that I should jot down some notes and comments on “books that have particularly attracted me” in my reading over the years.
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