September 5, 2009

Apples to Dumplings

"Poetry lies, in its adorable wicked way, and what I say is truer than a slice of bread and tomato."
--The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon

"Once, in my father's bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later--no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget--we will return."
--The Shadow of the Wind
For me, that first book was Gertrude Chandler Warner's The Boxcar Children, which still holds a very special place in my heart—for many reasons, one of the minor reasons being those apple dumplings that the children get to eat once they (caution: spoiler alert!) find their grandfather at the end of the book. I imagine they look somewhat like this?:

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