Does this happen to you, too? You read a book. You love it. Then you move on to other books. Years later, when you're reminded of that book you read and loved, you only remember few scenes (and sometimes not even the most important scenes). The plot has become blurry. You sort of remember who and what roughly happens while those few scenes remain clear as morning.
Last week, my friends, Jess and Stephanie over at The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow, reviewed Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. I'd read the novel two or three years ago. I remember Nobody Owens; I remember how he lived amongst ghouls; and I remember ... fish and chips. The whole chunk of his adventures went missing in my memory, yet fish and chips remained (and it was rather salty and delicious, too).
I love these scenes or facts that have remained. Here are more from different novels that have made themselves comfortable in my head:
Scenes Or Facts that Have Remained:
As mentioned above:
~ Nobody Owens and how he came to the graveyard to live amongst ghouls
~ Fish and Chips
~ Miss Foley (our two heroes' seventh-grade teacher), a little woman in her gray fifties, trapped in a spell and transformed into a terrified little girl weeping under a tree alone in the rain
~ The calliope that aged the person on it when it went in one direction, and took year by year off when it went in the other direction
~ Rifka talking to strangers on her journey, one of whom braided Rifka's hair and unknowingly passed the ringworm disease to her. Rifka had to shave off her beautiful golden hair and be separated with her family because of this.
~ The book of Pushkin poems she carried around and read to a little boy who wouldn't speak to anyone else
~ The heroine, September, running through the woods as her arms turned into tree branches
~ Washing dishes and losing a shoe
~ A character made of soap
~ Standish Treadwell standing up to his teacher, Mr. Gunnell, whose toupee came loose when he tried to hit Standish. The whole class laughed but Little Eric Owen laughed the hardest. Mr. Gunnell then beat Little Eric up. Standish stopped him from bashing Little Eric's head but Little Eric still died in the end.
~ Gramps making cardboard figures to trick the ones spying on them outside their home.
~ Fingers being cut off
~ Little heroine hiding in barrels/tubs of giraffe innards to avoid detection by The Usurper
~ Little heroine working as a yam curler in the kitchen and taking a nap while two trusted chefs travelled with her on a swing-beam from one end of the kitchen to the next.
~ Little heroine's mentor lighting himself in flames and leaping out of the tower so his flaming-angel silhouette could signal their secret rebel army to rise and protect their young, rightful queen (a.k.a. Little heroine)
What scenes or facts from stories have made themselves comfortable in your head?
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