F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that: “All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.”
So maybe all good reading is swimming under water and not coming up for air until the very last page?
(photo credits: click on photos for links back to original source)
(quotation source: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Letters to his daughter)
I love it! Just one more thing you can’t do with an e-reader 😉
Haha, good one!
That’s true; although I think a regular book would get quite soggy too! 🙂
What an astute connection between Fitzgerald’s words and those amazing photos. Great post!
Thank you! I know I sometimes feel like I’m holding my breath when I’m reading certain novels, don’t you? 🙂
Hmmm…. maybe that is why in fiction I prefer to read the end first, the last page or the last few paragraphs of a book before I take the l plunge and buy it. I have been much criticized by friends for this habit, but in fact the ending tells me more than the beginning. And just give them time, an e-reader for underwater is probably in the making. Anyway I prefer paper books for reading in the depths of a forest or in the middle of a field of tall grass.
My mother used to read the end of books first too. That’s funny that you do the same! I like the idea of reading in a forest or a field, certainly more convenient than in swimming pool or ocean anyway 🙂
That is interesting! It is more a question of temperament than of age… I’ve done it all my long life.
PS: Ti ho mandato a parte la poesia del dieci agosto.
I like your words to the magic of books and photos.
This will make your summer cooler 🙂
no argument on that letizia. nice one 🙂
thanks; it applies for suspenseful novels at least 🙂
all good books have that effect on me 🙂
haha, that’s great! 😀
This post made me laugh! I love the pictures 😀
thanks – next time I’m near a pool, have a disposal camera and have a disposal book; I’m definitely going to try it!
I like the pictures.
thanks, had fun finding them 🙂
Great post 🙂
Oh my god!! That is indeed crazy!! But I don’t think you can enjoy the book doing this, as you have to keep breaking to come up and take a breath. The continuity will be lost. But this definitely is a must try!! 🙂
Maybe it’s best to start with a short story? 🙂
Ha ha ha!! A very short story then!! 😀
Really cool photos!
This is, indeed, an amazing post, Letizia. May be I should also try “underwater reading” one day. 🙂
If you do, you have to put a photo on your blog 🙂
That is one way to take metaphors really well 😀
Infact, I wonder, what would the world be like if all the metaphors that we use in english language are taken on face value ? 🙂 Would be quite interesting …
What a crazy world that would be 🙂 But certainly very expressive!!
Fun!! Thanks for spicing up our lives, and thanks for the compliment of liking my blog as well.
Thanks! Am happy to have discovered your blog too!
hello letizia. i so love reading your blog that i nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award! you can find it here http://ngtolentino.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/like-waking-up-to-a-fresh-cup-of-coffee-the-reader-appreciation-award/ congratulations!
This is so funny, Letizia. I guess I can’t use neither real books nor eBook reader with this.
I know; I want to try it but it will have to be with a book I have two copies of I suppose!
Thank you for visiting my blog and the like on my post. I love to read! I actually prefer books over an e-reader. I knew a friend that read the ending first,although I couldn’t imagine doing that. 🙂
I know, I couldn’t do that either, but I know some people prefer to do that so they can enjoy the beauty of the language more and not get so caught up in the ‘what happens next’…. it would drive me crazy though! Have really been enjoying following your blog 🙂
Me too!! It would drive me crazy if I already knew what was going to happen. Love the suspense! Thank you for following my blog and so happy you enjoy your visits. Have a super day. 🙂 Renee
Only if all books had this effect.
Oh how incredibly cool is that. I wish I could, read underwater that is. Great photos, nice connection with Fitzgerald’s words. There are books where I do find myself holding my breath! Nice Post, really enjoy this one, Penny
I agree, Penny; there are some books where I find myself holding my breath too. Sometimes it forces me to rush through the book to fast, just dying to find out what happens in the end, knowing I should take my time but not being able to! Thanks for the kind words.
Reblogged this on cheeselandstories and commented:
did someone invent waterproof books???!!!!
😀 I know they exist for children so they must be reading those!
I love this. The photos are great
Thanks, I had fun finding them!
I really like this post. crazy!! but good haha
thanks 🙂 I had fun writing it and choosing the photos!
Hahaha What a great selection of photos! Not sure how the books would survive though 🙂
I know, it’s the only downfall of this experience! 🙂
I nominated you for the Liebster Award – check it out on http://suletta.com/2012/08/16/the-liebster-award-my-first-blog-award/
Thank you, you are so sweet!
Fantastic, I don’t think I’d try it with a novel, I’d be to worried about getting some air, maybe some short poetry would be just right though.
Short poetry sounds good, although you’d have to resist the temptation to recite it aloud 🙂
Haha, never thought of that, I wouldn’t be safe near water, except a bath, I’m good at those.
That is….deep – pun intended – so true, when you get caught up in a good book sometimes it feels like nothing exists outside of that, you disappear with it for a while, waited with baited breath for that last page.
I love a good pun 🙂
You have just described what happens to a writer when he/she write, and what most writers dream will happen to someone who reads their work.
I loved finding that Fitzgerald quotation and, while I’m not as familiar with the writing aspect, I certainly know the feeling of being out of breath at the end of a novel!!
Thank you for the like on my posts…your ‘like’ push me to keep writing…and writing under water is a very interesting experience I already did…as a diving writer…let me say you that I want to follow your posts on this blog…your blog is very special and a firm ground for literature critics and thinking cause reading is what legitimates the writing…even if loud reading, I guess a good talking is a writing-reading somehow…I remember G. Deleuze and C. Parnet book ‘what is a talking and what’s the purpose’ on my awkward english translation…and I don’t know why I write free and easier in english…I have some writings in deutsch idiom, but is more difficult for me to write in deutsch…and also invite you to read Cecília Meireles ‘Cânticos’ and ‘Romanceiro da Inconfidência’ as well as Clarice Lispector short stories (this is if you don’t have rad these leading brazilian writers)…also I want to mention my first published book (on 2001) where I do a citation of a very liked for me writer that is Adélia Prado…one recent book I’ve read is ‘I want my mother’ (Eu quero minha mãe’)…in my book the citation in portughese is ‘Santo Antonio, santo amado, poderoso intercessor, livrai-me do medo errado….’…thank you very much and congratulations for your so interesting and important blog on reading…once more, reading is the action that legitimates writing…al least, no matter what is reading, no matter what is writing. Sincerely, Walter
obrigada, Walter! For your kind comments, but also for your recommendations. Looking forward to reading more of your writing, Letizia
I will take a dip soon but Its getting cold in the water 😛
I could never read under water, just like reading on the buss, get sick from not watching out the window
good point! I had never thought about getting sea-sick while reading under water 😀 so funny!
I think I can get seasick anyway, I hate being on a boat 😛
What great responces from your post! I’ve never tried reading underwater or writing– perhaps one day. Beautiful post, Leti
Although I can be without breathing for 3 minutes, this would be difficult for me. 🙂
I agree, it would be quite difficult. But in the under 3 minutes, perhaps you could read a very short poem! 🙂
I love this. What a great connection! Have you seen the shower note pads? You can write under water.. well in the shower any way. Great for those ideas you have in the shower and have forgotten by the time you’ve gotten out.
How fun! This would be perfect for the underwater novelist 🙂
Thanks for sharing and for the kind words – very nice to “meet” you and am looking forward to following your blog!
Thank you for your reply! Very nice to “meet you” too.
I really enjoy your blog and am excited to keep reading your posts.
This is so cool! I will be sharing this one online today 🙂
Thanks – I can’t wait to try it out myself one day!
Great shots, love it 🙂