As some of you may know by looking at my posts on our social media page (@readingisinevitable on Instagram), I am currently reading Audacity by Melanie Crowder. It is a beautiful book written in free verse, and follows the life of Clara Lemlich, a female Jewish immigrant who came to America in the early 1900s. (For the full summary of the book, click here.) I absolutely love books written in free verse, or any type of poetry, in fact! This book is so lovely that I have decided to dedicate a whole post to some of my favorite quotes or parts! (Note: I am only on page 294, and there are 366 pages, not including the extra content at the end of my local library's copy.)
[Okay, perhaps I should take a little bit of time to explain something. Normally, you would find a post written by Em on Fridays. However, she was unable to prepare a post this week, for we do have lives outside of blogging, so I quickly wrote this post Thursday night.]
Why am I writing this post? What's the purpose of this post? Why am I showing you all a bunch of quotes?
- They are inspiring & beautiful.
- Maybe it will persuade you to read the book... ;)
So, shall we begin?
excerpt from "ordinary"; page 5
has been ordinary
but I cannot shake the feeling
that inside this little body
for a chance
to flex her talons
snap her wings
I find this excerpt to be exceptionally inspiring. Not only does it show her hope, but it radiates hope. What I'm trying to say is that is gives readers hope.
excerpt from "work"; page 15
"...all I want
is to stretch my wings
to ride the fickle currents
beyond the reach
of any cage."
This is another example of how the author repeatedly uses a bird to describe and develop the character. More importantly, though, is that it shows the desires of Clara. I think that it also is a something that many people can relate to.
excerpt from "lies"; page 26
"When life offers me
I am ready."
I don't believe much of an explanation is required here. I did, however, make a little something for this quote:
|Just a "little something" that I made for this|
Doesn't this book seem wonderful? It is because of lines or poems like these that I love this book so much. Not only does the story and themes that are weaved into the book lovely, but the character herself is amazing. There will probably be a book review in the future, but until then, I can only tell you one thing: If you love the poetry above, then recognize Melanie Crowder's talent and read Audacity.
[Note: I might make more pictures for the other two quotes later. If anyone has their own art for the quotes, I would love to see it!]
"Clearly, the structure of the book certainly made it much more enjoyable for me. Still, I liked it for other reasons, such as the story itself. The book is about Clara Lemlich, who is a determined young Jewish woman. In the beginning of the novel, she lives in Russia with her family. She plays the role that is expected of her, but secretly works on her studies and hopes of something more. When she moves to America with her family, she doesn't give up on her dreams. America is a place where her dreams and hopes can become a reality. But when she finally finds herself in the place where her dreams can become a reality and she can finally win her battle, she is consumed by..." Read more