Screw Dickens – this is the best opening page ever.

1 May


To all of those who, like me, are struggling with purpose, destiny and certainty.

This is a short copy and paste post.

 Read aloud, and absorb:

 Page 1, Damage, Josephine Hart:

 There is an internal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives. Those who are lucky enough to find it, ease like water over a stone, on to its fluid contours, and are home.

 Some find it in the place of their birth; others may leave a seaside town, parched, and find themselves refreshed in the desert. There are those born in the countryside who are really only at ease in the intense and busy loneliness of the city.

For some, the search is for the imprint of another; a child or a mother, a grandfather or a brother, a lover, a husband, a wife or a foe.

 We may go through our lives happy or unhappy, successful or unfulfilled, loved or unloved, without ever standing cold with the shock of recognition, without ever feeling the agony as the twisted iron in our soul unlocks itself,

and we slip at last into place.


I’ll leave it at that.

Hope it speaks to you as it did to me…

Truly, poetry dressed as prose.





4 Responses to “Screw Dickens – this is the best opening page ever.”

  1. Juniper May 3, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Thanks for posting that, very beautiful and inspiring.

    • caroerasmus May 3, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      My pleasure :).

      I’ve read about a third of the book now – unfortunately, the rest of it is deeply unnerving… It’s about a father who has an affair with his son’s girlfriend :S.

  2. bronxboy55 May 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    This post is a great reminder that although we all have much in common, we’re all unique in our own ways, and what works for one person may not work for another. At the same time, a man having an affair with his son’s girlfriend doesn’t really sound like a good idea for anyone.

    • caroerasmus May 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm #


      I’m still reading – the book is deeply disturbing, but shamelessly truthful in its portrayal of raw obsession.

      Not sure I’d recommend it – perhaps that first page made my expectations too high…

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