Bookends of Brilliance

Bookends of Brilliance

📚 Bookends of Brilliance is an engaging podcast series exploring the art and impact of literary openings and closings. Just as a symphony's first note sets the tone for a musical journey, the initial words of a story immerse us in its essence. Each episode delves into these magical beginnings, revealing how they encapsulate themes and transport readers to unique worlds. Conversely, the series celebrates the power of closing lines – those words that resonate long after the book ends. These sentences often hold profound moments, leaving a lasting impact. Join us as we uncover the craft and beauty of literary openings and closings, enriching your appreciation for the enduring power of words. Whether you're a lifelong book lover or a casual reader, this series promises to enhance your understanding of literary art. Additionally, accessible as an eBook on Amazon Kindle.

Episodes

February 23, 2024 1 min
"And here she is, herself, Clarissa, not Mrs. Dalloway anymore; there is no one now to call her that. Here she is with another hour before her. 'Come in, Mrs. Brown,' she says. 'Everything's ready.'"

The Hours, by Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author known for his evocative storytelling and exploration of human complexities in novels such as "The Hours." His works often delve into themes o...
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"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."

One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez.

Gabriel García Márquez, a Colombian novelist, was a towering figure in the realm of magical realism, seamlessly blending fantastical elements with vivid portrayals of Latin American life. His masterpiece, "One Hundred Year...
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"When they finally did dare it, at first with stolen glances then candid ones, they had to smile. They were uncommonly proud. For the first time they had done something out of Love."

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, by Patrick Süskind

Patrick Süskind is a German writer best known for his novel "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," which explores themes of obsession and identity through its protagonist, a gifted but disturbed perfumer....
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“Not long ago, there lived in London a young married couple of Dalmatian dogs named Pongo and Missis Pongo.”

From "The 101 Dalmatians", by Dodie Smith.

Dodie Smith was a British novelist and playwright, best known for her beloved children's novel "The Hundred and One Dalmatians," which was adapted into the iconic Disney animated film. Born in 1896, Smith's literary career spanned several decades, during which she penned a diverse ran...
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"Might I trouble you then to be ready in half an hour, and we can stop at Marcini’s for a little dinner on the way?"

The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, born in 1859, was a Scottish author best known for creating the iconic character Sherlock Holmes. His works revolutionized detective fiction and have had a lasting impact on literature and popular culture. Beyond Holmes, Doyle wrote numero...
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"Her gynaecologist recommended him to me. Ironic: The best urologist in New York is French. Dr. Claude Vigneron. Only by appointment. So I made one."

The Water Method Man. By John Irving.

John Irving is a celebrated American author known for his richly woven narratives and vivid characters, with works like "The World According to Garp" and "The Cider House Rules" capturing the complexities of human nature. His storytelling prowess of...
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"So we can just be friends, can't we? I am so crazy about you."

F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Tender Is the Night"

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, renowned for his evocative portrayal of the Jazz Age in American literature, penned "Tender is the Night," a poignant novel exploring the complexities of love, wealth, and mental illness set against the backdrop of the French Riviera. Through its lyrical prose and intricate character studies, Fitzg...
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February 14, 2024 54 secs
"My father was a fox farmer."

From "Boys and Girls", by Alice Munro.

Bookends of Brilliance is an engaging podcast series exploring the art and impact of literary openings and closings. Just as a symphony's first note sets the tone for a musical journey, the initial words of a story immerse us in its essence. Each episode delves into these magical beginnings, revealing how they encapsulate themes and transport readers to unique world...
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"So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?"

Hunter S. Thompson, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas“

Bookends of Brilliance is an engaging podcast series exploring the art and impact of literary openings and closings. Just as a symphony's first note sets the tone for a musical journey, the i...
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February 12, 2024 1 min
„It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, "Paul Clifford" (Notorious for its verbosity)

Edward Bulwer Lytton was a prolific Vict...
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February 11, 2024 51 secs
"We must cultivate our garden."

"Candide", by Voltaire.

Bookends of Brilliance is an engaging podcast series exploring the art and impact of literary openings and closings. Just as a symphony's first note sets the tone for a musical journey, the initial words of a story immerse us in its essence. Each episode delves into these magical beginnings, revealing how they encapsulate themes and transport readers to unique worlds.

Conversely...
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"When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home."

"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton

S.E. Hinton, an influential American author, gained fame for her novel "The Outsiders," which she wrote at the age of 16 and published in 1967. Her work, often depicting the realistic struggles of teenagers, revolutionized young adult fiction and continues to...
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"It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

William Shakespeare, "Macbeth"

Bookends of Brilliance is an engaging podcast series exploring the art and impact of literary openings and closings. Just as a symphony's first note sets the tone for a musical journey, the initial words of a story immerse us in its essence. Each episode delves into these magical beginnings, revealing how they encapsulate them...
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February 8, 2024 55 secs
"Once upon a time there was a war."

Margaret Atwood, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Margaret Atwood is a celebrated Canadian author, renowned for her poignant and thought-provoking works that often explore themes of feminism, dystopia, and environmental issues. Her most famous novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," has garnered international acclaim and sparked widespread discussion for its powerful commentary on social and political issues.

Bookends o...
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"I lingered a moment looking at her hair and her face, and I turned and went into my house, and I closed the door behind me." -

James Baldwin, "Go Tell It on the Mountain“.

James Baldwin was a renowned American novelist, essayist, playwright, and social critic known for his profound exploration of racial and societal issues in the United States. His works, including Go Tell It on the Mountain and "The Fire Next Time," continue to be ...
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"I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story." -

Edith Wharton, "Ethan Frome".

Edith Wharton was a prominent American novelist and short story writer known for her exploration of the Gilded Age and early 20th-century society. She became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1921 for her novel "The Age of Innocence," which delves into ...
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"And the world was all around us, new with possibility."

"Half of a Yellow Sun", by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Bookends of Brilliance is an engaging podcast series exploring the art and impact of literary openings and closings. Just as a symphony's first note sets the tone for a musical journey, the initial words of a story immerse us in its essence. Each episode delves into these magical beginnings, revealing how they...
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"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there."

"The Go-Between", by British novelist Leslie Poles Hartley.

Bookends of Brilliance is an engaging podcast series exploring the art and impact of literary openings and closings. Just as a symphony's first note sets the tone for a musical journey, the initial words of a story immerse us in its essence. Each episode delves into these magical beginnings, revealing how the...
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"For now I know what happiness feels like. I know what it feels like to be loved and to love in return. And I have faith that I will find it again."

Nicholas Sparks, "The Notebook"

Bookends of Brilliance is an engaging podcast series exploring the art and impact of literary openings and closings. Just as a symphony's first note sets the tone for a musical journey, the initial words of a story immerse us in its essence. Each episode ...
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"He was an inch, perhaps two, under six feet, powerfully built, and he advanced straight at you with a slight stoop of the shoulders, head forward, and a fixed from-under stare which made you think of a charging bull.“

Joseph Conrad, “Lord Jim“

Bookends of Brilliance is an engaging podcast series exploring the art and impact of literary openings and closings. Just as a symphony's first note sets the tone for a musical journey, the in...
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