Book No.113

Title: Bird by Bird : some instructions on writing and life

Author: Anne Lamott

Publication date: 1994

Pages: 239pp

Because for some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth.

What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you.

Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.(p.15)

以前ちょっとかじったAnne Lamottの有名なライティングの本です。図書館で借りられたのでしっかり読んでみました。

Anne Lamottの以前のレビュー

Grace (Eventually)

本や文章を書くすべての人に向けて、Anne Lamottが送る書き方の本。


Anne Lamott自身、小さい頃から作家だけを目指し、そして作家になった女性ですが、彼女の場合、父親もまた職業作家で、また父の友人たちもみな(売れる売れないに関わらず)作家なんですね。なので物書きを生業とする人たちの、光の部分と影の部分を知り尽くしていて、その上で本を書く手助けをしてくれます。なので厳しさと同時に、深い深い愛情がこもっている、最高の導き書だと思います。

副題が、"some instructions on writing and life" なのもうなずけます。いくつか他の引用もついでに。それにしてもAnne Lamottは、特にエッセイが素晴らしい。文章が上手いとは、こういう人のことを言うのでしょうね。

E.L. Doctorow once said that “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trop that way.” You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice about writing, life, I have ever heard.

We write to expose the unexposed. If there is one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must. Otherwise, you’ll just be rearranging furniture in rooms you’ve already been in. Most human beings are dedicated to keeping that one door shut. But the writer’s job is to see what’s behind it, to see the bleak unspeakable stuff, and to turn the unspeakable into words – not just into any words but if we can, into rhythm and blues.(p.198)

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