stories, some that are still being formed, some that went over the transom in the last century
The "Brit a Day" series
What does a months-long parade of attractive British men have to do with fiction, you might well ask? These gentlemen have inspired some lovely scenes, part of the life I live in my head. Over time, some of these scenes reach out to one another and begin to form a story. For the present, each one of these pictures provides a writing prompt for me, a way to keep me writing with a sense of passion and narrative, even when the stories are not yet fully formed.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
A Brit a Day [#692]
I just finished reading Beryl Bainbridge's novel, The Birthday Boys, an account of Robert Falcon Scott's tragic march to the South Pole told in turns from the point of view of the five men who died there. Here is an excerpt from the final section, the words of Captain Titus Oates as Bainbridge imagines them--
And of course that black flag told them that Roald Amundsen and his party of Norwegian explorers had beaten them to the Pole.
The photo of Scott in his Antarctic expedition hut can be opened in another window and examined for incredible detail. My god, you can almost smell the penguins!
By the by, Beryl Bainbridge was an incredibly talented but unsung author. She died last year at only 77 of cancer. Send up some love to her spirit some time by reading one of her books, this one for example, or perhaps An Awfully Big Adventure.