Today’s first one hundred words comes from one of my favorite books of all time, Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner. Stegner also wrote another incredible book, the epic Angle of Repose. If you’ve never read anything by Stegner, I highly recommend starting with Crossing to Safety, and if you like it, move on to some of his other work.
Without further ado, here are the first #100Words:
Floating upward through a confusion of dreams and memory, curving like a trout through the rings of previous risings, I surface. My eyes open. I am awake.
Cataract sufferers must see like this when the bandages are removed after the operation: every detail as sharp as if seen for the first time, yet familiar too, known from before the time of blindness, the remembered and the seen coalescing as in a stereoscope.
It is obviously very early. The light is no more than dusk that leaks past the edges of the blinds. But I see, or remember, or both…
(Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner)
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