Reading, Silent Reading

After my father died, my mother became gradually more boldly explorative; she opened books that she had been forbidden to touch, sought out those marked specifically as his own. Because we were stranded together, and because I stuttered, we read. There is no refuge so private, no asylum more sane. There is no facility of voices captured elsewhere so entire and so marvellous. My tongue was lumpish and fixed, but in reading, silent reading, there was a release, a flight, a wheeling off into the blue spaces of exclamatory experience, diffuse and improbably, gloriously homeless. All that was solid melted into air, all that was air reshaped, and gained plausibility.

- Sorry by Gail Jones, Vintage edition, 2007, page 31

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