Friday, 12 February 2016

Some Vivid Descriptive Passages

SM Stirling, Conquistador (New York, 2004).

I think that the following list-description belongs on our food thread even though the fish is displayed for sale, not yet for eating:

"The fish section...was a pungent mass of vats and piles of shaved ice topped with sixty-pound yellowtails and huge albacores, barrels of writhing crabs the size of dinner plates, mounds of three-inch prawns, rock lobsters, abalone by the gross, oysters bigger than his fist, ling and flounder, cauldrons of shrimp...." (p. 254)

And here, on p. 324, is another description of natural scenery that evokes the other four senses:

"The cooling engine ticked..."

- heat decreasing but engine ticking -

"...the cries of birds and the endless sough of the wind were louder."

- two more sounds -

"The smell of hot metal was quickly lost beneath the aromas of laurel, ceanothus and minty yerba santa crushed beneath the wheels."

- one "smell" and three "aromas" -

"Long champagne-pale grass rippled in the cool wind off the water..."

- the color of the grass and the coolness of the wind...

Golden poppies, green rushes, freshwater marsh, streams, trees and land:

"...stretched immense to the blue horizon."

- four colors. And a sensory feast.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And I remember how the prices for these sea foods seemed ridiculously, even by the hard money, free enterprise standards of the Commonwealth. But that was because the New Virginian dollar had not been inflated into worthlessness, unlike OUR dollar or pound.