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In a sequence of playful and startling prose meditations, celebrated author Lorna Crozier brings her rapt consciousness to the small topic of loved ones items: every little thing from doorknobs, washing machines, rakes, and zips to the kitchen sink.

Operating as a type of literary detective, she examines the secret of the typical, looking the essence of every item. She bargains tantalizing glimpses of the household's population, too, probing hearts, brains, noses, and navels. Longing, exuberance, and grief colour her reflections, which now and then tackle the tenor of folktales or parables. all of the brief photos in The ebook of Marvels stands on my own, however the connections are tricky; as in existence, every one item profits that means from its juxtaposition with others. Crozier ways her investigations with a childlike interest, an grownup bemusement, and an unfailing experience of metaphor and mischief. With either attraction and mordant wit, she animates the panoply of wonders to be came across all over the place round us and within us.

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Every one dream has a unmarried enamel to chunk via its egg’s leather-based casing. Afterwards, this the teeth disappears. Soft-mouthed and squamous, the dream then rises to the brain’s greater chambers and belly-slides into your sleep. nine. The mind pondering itself is considering the mind pondering. The mind no longer pondering itself is considering the mind now not considering. many stuff don’t have brains, and so they do exactly fantastic. bushes, amanita mushrooms, geraniums, spermatozoa, million-year-old stones. The mind considering million-year-old stones can’t aid yet ask yourself what’s on their minds. 10. “O packed with scorpions is my brain, expensive spouse! ” (Shakespeare); out of brain, out of his brain, to be of 1 brain, reminded, “And Archimedes, the well-known Mathematician, used to be so rationale upon his difficulties, that he by no means minded the Soldier who got here to kill him” (Swift); state of mind, on my brain, you place me in brain of, your mind’s eye, “The lads you allow shall brain you / until eventually Ludlow tower shall fall” (Housman); brain your manners, brain your tongue, in case you don’t brain, presence of brain, absent-minded, communicate one’s brain, “Never brain approximately your handwriting; yet brain you write” (Disraeli); outing of brain, maintain me in brain, brain your doorstep, “I want both my father or my mother... had minded what they have been approximately once they begot me” (Sterne); brain over subject, in one’s correct brain, brain your individual enterprise, brain the range, the steps, the rafter—mind your head! I’ll brain, I’ll brain; “All the efforts of the human brain can't exhaust the essence of a unmarried fly” (Aquinas); by no means brain, expensive acquaintances, by no means brain, “Not at relaxation or ease of brain, they sate them right down to weep” (Milton). eleven. unusual, the issues a mind can get used to: trepanning, electrical shocks, lobotomies, bruising, lesions, hail storms contained in the cranium. There’s now a test which may become aware of a hint of iron within the tissues, an indication that the mind as soon as bled. Following a stroke, considered one of its lobes, till then an understudy, leaps onto the degree and belts out the libretto as the lead soprano has fallen mute. The mind learns to exploit a metaphoric walker, a magnifying glass to learn the writing at the wall. It drags a useless limb up and down its many stairways, learns to reside with primary items of itself became all of sudden distant and chilly as ice floes. and prefer ice floes within the northern seas, they waft. 12. Is it attainable for the mind to dwell in parity with the guts? Can it believe? here's a actual tale: a British neurosurgeon, who used to be additionally a poet, needed to get rid of a tumour from a tender man’s mind. because the knife sliced into the cerebral cortex, the sufferer cried out, “Leave my soul on my own! go away my soul on my own! ” A relax entered the working room. nobody moved. The health practitioner, nonetheless bent over the patient’s head, held the scalpel in mid-air. round the desk, them all, spiritual or now not, stared on the mind bare in its bowl of bone. shocked into silence through that cry, they waited within the harsh mild, afraid the mind had extra terrifying issues to claim. yet You suggest the chary yet, now not the only with the double t, slang for buttocks, that can, certainly, be bountiful.

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