Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Claude Anet's "Ariane"

...while sorting through dusty boxes and the long forgotten relics left behind from my wife's recently passed mother, I pulled from the corner of the attic, a treasured classic.

"...A sky of almost oriental crystal, a lovely clear, luminous sky, blue as a Nichapore turquoise, hung over the houses and gardens of the still sleeping city.  In the dawn and its silence, one caught only the call of the swallows pursuing each other across the roofs and the acacia branches, the luscious cooing of a dove on the tree-top, and far away, the harsh creak of the axles of a country cart approaching main street and the most fashionable of the town..."

Upon my first encounter with Ariane, I found myself enchanted with Anet's prose, a slower pace of poetic beauty.  Almost mystical penmanship, shared with the world during a time of most proper technique.

I vowed to improve upon my writing, yearning to one day pen such admirable  prose.  

...still working on it, but someday perhaps ;)

An Amazon search estimates the book's value at $49.95, this copy in particular, from the early 1920's.  

I figure we'll be hanging onto this gem a bit longer.

Thanks for reading,



Donna Hole said...

Long forgotten treasure; what a wonderful find. A good reminder of why you became a writer :)


Denise Covey said...

It's good to aspire to more worthy prose. I've just finished The Fall. Will review it when I have a moment.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

It is always a GOOD MOMENT when you stumble upon an old prose friend you had lost. :-)

Shelly said...

That was definitely beautiful.

Anonymous said...

You are doing a wonderful job, because your writing is definitely similar to Anet's!

I just finished The Fall as well, and will also be leaving feedback. Great story!


Elliot Grace said...

Hey Donna, agreed, an excellent reminder. Also a healthy dose of inspiration to keep on keepin' on ;)

Hey Denise, thank you!

Hey Roland, truly an inspiring find. I'm still debating whether or not to dwell on it a bit further. After all, as we both know, there are no coincidences.

Hey Vicki, truly a wonderful compliment, thank you ;)


Emily Sovich said...

What a wonderful discovery! And the excerpt you shared was lovely. I'll have to read Ariane.

Baroque Oil Paintings said...

looks good the hard cover!

T. Drecker said...

That's definitely a treasure. The passage is lovely. I don't blame you for holding on to it.

Elise Fallson said...

What a wonderful find! I have a few treasures like this but they are in French. Unfortunately, I don't have a strong enough command of the language to truly appreciate the nuances of the beautifully written prose. Loved the excerpt, too.

Elliot Grace said...

Hey Emily, it's a classic we're speaking of, to be nurtured slowly ;)
Thanks for stopping by.

Hey T, this one's worth a good deal more than what Ebay can tempt with. It'll rest atop my bookcase for quite some time.

Hey Elise, those are definitely worth hanging onto, regardless of their native tongue. In these times of high speed hoopla and enjoyable chaos, such finds are rare. Keep 'em ;)


Adeeva Afsheen said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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