A bookish observation
My first introduction to Sandy Mackinnon’s writing was “The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow”. This is still one of my favourite books. When I heard he had written another book, I think he has only written two, I just had to get “The Well at the World’s End”.
Sandy’s musings about anything and everything as he journeys on, give a real depth and texture to both books. His descriptions of what he sees and does are captured in his wonderful style of writing. He makes me laugh out loud, feel the joy of discovery, commiserate about his mistakes and experience his narrow escapes.
Some of his descriptions are worth reading out loud to anyone who cares to listen, like this one about St Peter’s Basilica in Rome: “St Peter’s Basilica is the most beautiful building in the world. There are mosaics which are so finely done that from ten feet away they resemble oil paintings. There are marble statues that writhe with life and power and seem more alive than the people standing there looking at them. The vast floors are tiled with endlessly different patterns in marbles of green and black and rose, white and purple and amber, all the natural colours of stone itself. Best of all, shafts of light like solid columns of gold fall from high windows in domed vaults, bright and soft against the darkness behind. It almost seems that the real building is built entirely of light – walls, columns, pillars, ceilings, floors of a living lambency – and that the darkness of stone all about is merely a heavy scaffolding, soon to be removed to reveal the real temple of heaven in its finished state.”
Wonderful! It’s like poetry to me.
There are so many more pieces from this I would love to share but I may get into a bit of copyright trouble so you’ll just have to buy the book via the link below.
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