Here's what I want from a book, what I demand, what I pray for when I take up a novel and begin to read the first sentence: I want everything and nothing less, the full measure of a writer's heart. I want a novel so poetic that I do not have to turn to the standby anthologies of poetry to satisfy that itch for music, for perfection and economy of phrasing, for exactness of tone. Then, too, I want a book so filled with story and character that I read page after page without thinking of food or drink because a writer has possessed me, crazed with an unappeasable thirst to know what happens next. Pat Conroy
About This Quote

This quote about books is an extract from the autobiography of the authoress, Doris Lessing. It expresses her own opinion about what she wants from reading a novel. She wants to be completely absorbed into the story and gets lost in the world of fiction. The artist, Lessing, wants to read a novel that will take her away to other worlds and that will take her breath away. It should also be noted that Lessing has written many novels that have been praised for their literary merit and have won numerous awards.

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