Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Name that literary allusion

Z: What do you want fwrom me? I'm only just beginning to live!

Points if you recognize the book, and I swear, she chose it all by herself at the bookstore, (not-so-)vaguely disturbing sexual overtones and all.

Edited: The book is The Amazing Bone, by William Steig, and really, you need to check out the sample pages to get a sense of the flowering, blossoming, blooming, pollen-drenched world that Pearl walks through with a bone hanging out of her open purse. I mean, come on.


Julia said...

Damn, second time today I must profess cultural ignorance on someone's blog.
What is it?

elswhere said...

oh, this is gonna drive me nuts.

She chose it herself so probably it's a kids' book...but, disturbing sexual overtones...well, probably it's an older book. And the only old book I can think of at this very moment is "Make Way for Ducklings" and I just know that's not it.

FosterMommy said...

The only thing that comes to mind is "Now We Are Six", but I'm rusty on the verses, so I'm probably wrong.

elswhere said...

Oh, I do know that book! Yeah, Steig has a way of getting into the dark undercurrents over which most kids' book writers choose to skim. "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" is like that, too, only it has disturbing mortality-related overtones instead of sexual ones. It's a terrific book but it used to make me cry every time.

(un)relaxeddad said...

Er...Something by Nabokov? Romeo and Juliet? (getting desperate here...)