Madison Smartt Bell quotes

  • In For Whom the Bell Tolls, Hemingway cozies up to revolution by romanticizing it (and not only with those execrable love scenes).
    -- Madison Smartt Bell

    #Tolls #Bells #Revolution

  • I dont call myself a very good Christian, but I think I know one when I see one, and I also think I know when I dont.
    -- Madison Smartt Bell

    #Christian #Thinking #Good Christian

  • Jeremy Popkin's collection of first-person narratives of the Haitian Revolution is an extremely valuable work, accessible, sound and intelligent. I only wish such a book had been available fifteen years ago when I was in the early stages of researching my series of novels. Popkin has been deft and tactful in stitching together these excerpts, and as a result, he manages to tell a complete version of the Revolution almost entirely in the words of the people who experienced it-this book engaged me deeply.
    -- Madison Smartt Bell

    #Book #Intelligent #Years

  • Since the 1960s, exile for Haitians is a condition that ends only to begin again.
    -- Madison Smartt Bell

    #Ends #1960s #Begin Again

  • Haiti was founded by African slaves who rose against their European masters, had a revolution, and created a new state. There is no other such event in Western history.
    -- Madison Smartt Bell

    #Rose #Events #Haiti

  • To me, there is nothing more soothing than the song of a mosquito that cant get through the mesh to bite you.
    -- Madison Smartt Bell

    #Song #Mosquitoes #Mesh

  • I have always had a mystical attitude toward inspiration. Thats my nature.
    -- Madison Smartt Bell

    #Attitude #Inspiration #Mystical

  • Edwidge Danticat's prose has a Chekhovian simplicity--an ability to state the most urgent truths in a measured and patiently plain style that gathers a luminous energy as it moves inexorably forward. In this book she makes a strong case that art, for immigrants from countries where human rights and even survival are often in jeopardy, must be a vocation to witness if it is not to be an idle luxury.
    -- Madison Smartt Bell

    #Country #Art #Strong

  • In TheColorful Apocalypse, Greg Bottoms explores the frontier between inspiration and psychosis with the expressive power, the passionate fervor, and the faithfully unflinching honesty for which his work is deservedly known. This book is incisive, startling, and often genuinely moving.
    -- Madison Smartt Bell

    #Honesty #Moving #Book

  • Sometimes you don't get but one mistake, if the one you pick is bad enough.
    -- Madison Smartt Bell

    #Mistake #Sometimes #Enough

  • Imaginative writing has always been a solitary and indeed a somewhat antisocial activity. Apprenticeship existed, no doubt, but it was an apprenticeship to books and not to living masters of the craft.
    -- Madison Smartt Bell

    #Book #Writing #Doubt