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  •  I enjoy stories that turn around, and show you the (5+ / 0-)

    familiar from an angle you never considered - like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. I also love the thrill and perplexity of a story which, 2/3 of the way through, makes me go back and reconsider everything I learned in that book so far.

    You're getting a lot of good suggestions here, Diana. Though I'll bet there are hundreds we've never read, or have forgotten.

    For a story that turns around our pretty, well-worn images of Christmas, I like T. S. Eliot's Journey of the Magi:

    A cold coming we had of it,
    Just the worst time of the year
    For a journey, and such a journey:
    The ways deep and the weather sharp,
    The very dead of winter.
    And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory,
    Lying down in the melting snow.
    There were times we regretted
    The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,
    And the silken girls bringing sherbet.

    Then the camel men cursing and grumbling
    And running away, and wanting their liquor and women,
    And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters,
    And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly
    And the villages dirty and charging high prices:
    A hard time we had of it. . . .

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 10:50:57 AM PST

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