Friday, February 8, 2013

"A Separate Peace" - [Trifextra: Week Fifty-Four]



“I remember I turned around and looked at you, it was like I had all the time in the world. I thought I could reach out and get hold of you.” 

I flinched…

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Can I even tell you how overjoyed I was to see this Trifextra challenge? Find a book that has spoken to you, and pull 33 words that have changed everything. A Separate Peace by John Knowles is that book for me. [Quote found on page 57.] I still have my old, tattered high-school copy that has pages falling out, and is highlighted and underlined and dog-eared to within an inch of its life. I love this book so much that I named my dog after one of the main characters, Phineas.

I miss him like you wouldn't believe. And yes, that is my laundry around his neck.





"This weekend we are venturing into uncharted territories once again.  This Trifextra isn't so much a writing challenge; it's more of a reading challenge.  We want you to scour through your favorite pieces of literature and give us the best 33 words you can find.
Some quick guidelines:

  • The writing you choose should not be your own.
  • The 33 words should be lifted directly from another source (i.e. don't take 33 random words from Macbeth and shake them into a poem of your own (though that would be an awesome idea for another challenge) and don't take a sentence from the beginning of a book and another from the end--keep the original order).
  • Credit your sources.
  • You can't use the same 33 words as anyone else in the linkz. Skim through before posting your own.  You can use the same author and even the same title, just not the exact same words."

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23 comments:

  1. great quote. thanks for sharing.

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    1. It was the first one that came to mind when I saw the prompt. :) Thanks!

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  3. I love the quote. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. You're so welcome. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by!

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  4. Oooh. This is a great quote. I have not read the book, but I'm going to add it to my to-read list!

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    1. It's a really amazing read - full of the youthful adventures and envy and personal introspection of the young. :)

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  5. I read this book in middle school and I too enjoyed it very much (: It still sits on my bookshelf along with all my other summer reading books and beyond (:

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    1. I love that you still have your copy. There are some books I just can't bring myself to donate!

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  6. A Separate Peace is a classic, well-written book and the quote you chose is indicative of the quality of the rest of the words in the book as well. I was given the book by an older cousin when I was a young man. It was the first book that anyone ever gave to me, second hand, because they thought my interests meshed with the story. I'll always have a soft spot for this book. Thanks for rekindling a warm memory for me.
    Good choices all around, Corinne!

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    1. I'm so happy to share wonderful memories through literature! Most of my favorite books have been second hand. :)

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  7. What a wonderful quote! Another one for my list!

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    1. Oooo, you have a list of quotes? I had one, but lost it when my computer crashed. I do need to start another.

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  8. I think I may have read that in school. I'm going to have to add it to my book list since I can't remember one way or the other, it'll be like I've never read it before ;)

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    1. I read it every other year or so, and always see something different in the words- maybe it's because I am different, or my moods are different? :)

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  9. So glad you liked the challenge! Great choice, and I love your dog and kitty making the pics. Phineas seems like he was a sweet guy.

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    1. I really did! Thank you so much for your comment. My Phin was a rockstar. He was crazy and always a puppy, afraid of water and the wind. :) My kitty is somewhat more snooty, but loves a good book as you can see. LOL

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    1. Thank you! Everyone had such amazing selections!

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