A Stranger in Olondria - Starter 6 - Books as Objects of Power
'“I know what the vallon is,” she said. “It’s jut.”'.
'A simple jut presided over my master’s books in squat, enigmatic silence: one external soul watching the others.'.
'But preserve your mistrust of the page, for a book is a fortress, a place of weeping, the key to a desert, a river that has no bridge, a garden of spears... And I introduce [children] to books... And I tell them: This is a journey to jepnatow-het, the land of shadows. Do not mistake it for the country of the real.'
'And written words possess order, much more so than the words we speak'.
(Jissavet, then Jevick about Lunre, then a quote from an unnamed source, then Jevick, then Tialon).
Agree or disagree? More widely, how might books be like externalised souls? Or the daemons of Philip Pullman' s writings?