I just finished Pat Conroy’s ebullient little book, My Reading Life. One thought for now:
At one point, Conroy recounts a conversation he had with a fellow bibliophile, who recommended Knut Hamsun’s Growth of the Soil because, “Everything of virtue springs from the soil. Civilization always comes along to ruin it. But you can always find the truth if it comes from the earth.”
My first thought was of the Book of Mormon, which comes to the modern reader from inside the ground and has some haunting things to say on the subject of its origin as truth rising from the elements:
“For those who shall be destroyed shall speak unto them out of the ground, and their speech shall be low out of the dust, and their voice shall be as one that hath a familiar spirit; for the Lord God will give unto him power, that he may whisper concerning them, even as it were out of the ground; and their speech shall whisper out of the dust.” —2 Nephi 26:16
My second thought was, Amen.