Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Phraselet No. 113

For a while he'd tried to talk to the men who brought him his meals and, every other day, a clean set of surgical scrubs and slippers for him to wear, even just to ask them their names. But none had offered so much as one word in reply. They moved heavily, their movements clumsy and imprecise, their expressions benumbed and incurious, like the living dead in some old movie. Corpses gathering outside a farmhouse, moaning and tripping over their feet, wearing tattered uniforms of their forgotten lives: he'd loved such films when he was a boy, not understanding how true they really were. What were the living dead, Wolgast thought, but a metaphor for the misbegotten march of middle age?

- Justin Cronin, The Passage


Davin Malasarn said...

This is a really nice passage. Thanks for the heads up, Loren!

Loren Eaton said...

The book is just full of 'em. Gotta love it.