Wordy Wednesday


It’s Wordy Wednesday on the blog today. This week you get a stunning passage from The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain (which I highly recommend). In the midst of a charming and light tale of serendipity, Laurain weaves reflective passage like the one below:

Can you experience nostalgia for something that hasn’t happened? We talk of ‘regrets’ about the course of our lives, when we are almost certain we have taken the wrong decision; but one can also be enveloped in a sweet and mysterious euphoria, a sort of nostalgia for what might have been…

Like catching snatches of a far-off radio frequency. The message is obscure, yet by listening carefully you can still catch snippets of the soundtrack of the life that never was. You hear sentences that were never actually said, you hear footsteps echoing in place you’ve never been to, you can make out the surf on a beach whose sand you have never touched. You hear the laughter and loving words of a woman though nothing ever happened between you. The idea of an affair with her had crossed your mind. Perhaps she would have liked that—probably in fact—but nothing ever happened. For some unknown reason, we never gave in to the exquisite vertigo that you can feel when you move those few centimetres towards the face of the other for the first kids. We passed by, we passed so close that something of the experience remains…


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