aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

I've got rhythm

When I'm writing, one of things I try to remember is rhythm. Right now I'm reading Special Topics in Calamity Physics. Will I finish it? I have no idea. It's writing style is the opposite of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Rather than being stripped down, it's stuffed full, talkative and hectic. Here's a snippet to give you an idea:

"Dad's romances could last anywhere between a platypus egg incubation (19-21 days) and a squirrel pregnancy (24-35 days). I admit I sometimes hated them, especially the ones teeming with Ladies' Tips, How-tos and Ways to Improve, the ones like Connie Madison Parker, who muscled her way into my bathroom and chastised me for hiding my merchandise (see “Molluscs,” Encyclopedia of Living Things, 4th ed.)."

But on to my point about rhythm. Here are the third and fourth paragraphs:

"It began with simple sleeplessness. It had been almost a year since I’d found Hannah dead, and I thought I’d managed to erase all traces of that night within myself, much in the way Henry Higgins with his relentless elocution exercises had scrubbed away Eliza’s Cockney accent.

I was wrong."

That single sentence really stands out among paragraphs that tend to ramble on and on.

Anyone read it? Is
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