Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Sehnsucht in LM Montgomery

At our last book club meeting we did a summer reading book club. One girl had brought along The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, calling it her favourite comfort book from childhood. I’d never read this particular L.M. Montgomery, so I grabbed it (not without a promise to pass it on to someone else when I am done). I shouldn’t be reading it yet, because there are things to do and I am technically not summer holidays, but I couldn’t resist starting last night.

On page nine I came across this paragraph, which is the main character describing why she reads certain nature books (with a mother who has banned fiction and spending time alone in her room – what cruelty!). It went straight to the Sehnsucht collection, with "faint, elusive echo of lovely forgotten things".
Valancy didn’t know whether she cared much for bugs either. It was not John Foster’s uncanny knowledge of wild creatures and insect life that enthralled her. She could hardly say what it was—some tantalising lure of a mystery revealed—some hint of a great secret just a little further on—some faint, elusive echo of lovely, forgotten things—John Foster’s magic was indefinable.

1 comment:

pete said...

I know you often write about Sehnsucht and it is a very interesting topic. I was reorganising my cd collection and I stumbled on my Nicky Wire Cd which has an instrumental called Sehnsucht which I totally forgot about. I wonder if this instrumental evokes the feelings and concept correctly or if it is a wrong interpretation. I always imaged lots of cello if I had to translate Sehnsucht into music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smOaQEtcLJU