Friday, April 3, 2009

Quotable - O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King

Quotable: Weekly Literary QuotationsWelcome to Quotable, a weekly feature at Bookish Ruth. Each Friday I'll share a short passage that caught my attention -- it could be an old favorite or something that jumped out at me during that week's reading. I hope you'll enjoy it and perhaps share something that resonated with you during the week.

This week I've been experiencing armchair travel at its finest as I reread O Jerusalem, the fifth book in the Mary Russell series.
"This was the desert of Palestine: not the brutal deep desert of sand dunes and camels but a thorny, rocky, dry, inhospitable place where one could carve a living if one was stubborn and smart and did not expect too much. A hard land and a hard people, with occasional flashes of great beauty and tenderness. My respect for them grew along with the blisters on my feet."
-- Laurie R. King, O Jerusalem p. 50


  1. Wow, great quote. I haven't heard of the Mary Russell series, but it sounds interesting.

    Here's mine:

  2. I'm so sorry I haven't been around your blog for a long time. I haven't been blogging much myself, but I just wanted to drop by and say hi, wish you a good weekend and a nice Easter (if you celebrate that) and apologize for being scarce.

    I am finishing my Master thesis and this takes up most of my time. Hopefully, by the end of May, I will be able to blog more and participate more around the blogosphere.

    I am still reviewing books from time to time on my blog, but I am not really active.

    I don't expect you to come running visiting and commenting, I just wanted to let you know that I am very much alive and I miss reading and commenting on your blog very much.

    This is a personal message written to all the blogowner, whose delightful blogs I visit on a regular basis, but it has been copy/pasted. So if you find it on other blogger's blogs, that is why.

    I look very much forward to be active again - and apologize once again for not being active the past month and not being able to be active for another month or two.


  3. Good quote from O Jerusalem. To me the Mary Russel series really shines when they leave England. O Jerusalem, The Game and Locked Rooms are my favorites. Laurie King really has a way of evoking the sense of a place. Plus, I think you learn the most about the relationship between Russel and Holmes in the those books. I enjoy the evolving relationship as much as the mysteries.

  4. S. Krisha, I really think you would enjoy the Mary Russell series. It's a great blend of historical fiction, literary fiction and mystery. The first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, is available as a free eBook until April 15th here: if you'd like to give the series a try.

    Louise, I'm glad to know that you're still around! Please don't apologize -- I definitely understand. I'm going to be rather scarce throughout the blogosphere myself for at least the next week while I get some medical issues addressed.

    Never That Easy, that's one of the things I love about Laurie King's writing. She's so effective at sweeping the reader into her settings.

    kadavisu, yes, I couldn't agree more. As much as I love Sussex and London, I do greatly enjoy Russell and Holmes' adventures elsewhere. I particularly enjoyed Locked Rooms since we got to see parts of that story from Holmes' perspective.

  5. Oh, that is nice. I'll have to start writing really good quotes down. I can never remember where they were after I've finished a book. Lovely button too.

  6. Great quote, very vivid and descriptive!

    I have given you a blogging award in my Sunday Salon post here: