Friday, September 16, 2005

Enemy Women

Just finished Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles. It's an interesting read that intersperses actual correspondence from the Civil War with the tale of a young southern woman's journey during this period in history.

The world was in truth made of jackstraws. The world was very combustible, the human body was partible in ways heretofore unimagined. What held the civilized world together was the thinnest tissue of nothing but human will. Civilization was not in the natural order but was some sort of willed invention held taut like a fabric or a sail against the chaos of the winds. And why we had invented it, or how we knew to invent it, was beyond him.

Source: Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles, pg. 297

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