I Know This Place

Have you ever been transported by someone’s words to a place that you have never visited but somehow you feel you know?  Is it the magic of the words that so cleverly, and it seems effortlessly, transport you to another place?

Today when reading the blogs that I follow and some that I don’t, I stumbled across this post The View at the End of the Day on Vision and Verb.  This is the first time I have found and read anything here but reading those words, I could feel the heat; the still dry air; that wind clearing out the air in the house and the palpable longing for  ‘just an inch of rain’.   And in that moment I realised that the mark of a good writer is the ability to transport somebody to a place they have never been.  And in reading about it make them feel that they know the place and that they are there.  Eliza who wrote this post, has that magical ability.

Having never been to Africa I know of it only through stories and films.  One of my favourite books is that written by Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke.  This is the story of her life in Africa in the early part of the 20th Century.  Out of Africa was made into a film in 1985 starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep and the opening line from that movie “I had a farm in Africa” is imprinted on my mind.

However, Eliza obviously lives there and through her writing I will learn more of this distant, mysterious continent.  Thank you Eliza and please keep writing, describing your life and your country for us.

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14 responses to “I Know This Place

  1. That’s a wonderful post – thank you for sharing. I’d love to be there!

  2. Love that movie and the scenery and the book. Thanks for the post

  3. The book and the movie were great. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for sharing, Judith.

  5. I can see why that post captivated you. she pulls us right in, doesn’t she?

  6. That is why I so love the Alexander McCall Smith books, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I feel like I am in Botswana when I read his books.

    • Isn’t it amazing how we can be alike in so many things and yet so different. I have never managed to complete one of his books and I have one sitting in the pile at present that my grandsons gave me a while ago. Perhaps I shall try again. Thanks for the comment.

  7. I often am pulled in by stories set in Scotland. I’ve never been . . . but I feel so “at home.” 😀

    • I liverd in Scotland with my Dashing Yong Scotsman for 8 years and felt an immediate affinity with the place and the people. Thanks for the comment Nancy.

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