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Saturday, 9 January 2010

Quiz Question (1) To discover ice?


I've finally returned to blogging after a three year lay-off.
Let's start with a quiz question: The title of this blog, 'To discover ice', consists of the last three words of the opening sentence of a novel not originally written in English. The photo is a further clue. Any ideas?
Obviously you could Google the words but you wouldn't do that would you?
After all, there are no prizes. It's just for fun. I will post the answer in a week.

11 comments:

bazza said...

OK. Here's a clue; the novel was originally written in Spanish.

Bob said...

Hi Bazza,

I don't have to go far to discover ice at the moment. However that doesn't give me the answer to your riddle.
May I take a punt on the icy river? My guess is Cervantes.

joanne said...

I only know the answer to this because I just happened to pick this book up yesterday after years of so many people recommending I read it (including you once upon a time long ago)... One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez...

It's wonderful to see you back again!

Alicia said...

Welcome back! I have missed you.

bazza said...

Bob: I think all of Europe is covered in ice at the moment. As you may have seen it's not Cevantes but much more modern.
Joanne: Thanks for the email response and (there's no point in concealing it any more) the right answer. I will say more about that sentence and my title in a later post or comment.
Alicia:Thank you so much!

Alicia M B Ballard said...

Hello there, and welcome back!

I would not have identified it!
(As I am re-immersed in "Love in the time of Cholera")

So much can gone down in three years, you must write a novel...

xxx

Stephen Simmonds said...

Hi Bazza,


An easy question for me; I list this book as my favourite on my profile.

I myself always found the last line of the book particularly memorable: how those "condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth."

Welcome back :)


Stephen

bazza said...

Alicia B: I am flattered that you think I should write a novel! Love in The Time of Cholera is also a lovely book. Thanks for visiting.

Stephen: So you do! It's an extremely popular book. Possibly the most popular translation into English in the twentieth century?

bazza said...

Joanne is correct of course. The great novel opens with this line:
"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice".
I love the contrast between fire and ice in that sentence. Hopefully this blog will have the same contrast and balance!

LauraPearl said...

Hi Daddy

I Googled it!! Bet you're not surprised, I've never been good at that delayed gratification thing! Lots of love xxx

bazza said...

Aah! My baby daughter Laura has found my blog. How sweet.