At meet the teacher night, Ellen's English teacher mentioned the books they would be reading which included John Steinbeck's - "The Pearl". I had not remembered reading that book in my middle school days, so off to the library I went to borrow the book.
As it set next to my chair, both Jenna and Ellen commented on the book. "Why Dad, are you reading The Pearl?" Of course when I asked Susan if she had read it she replied "I've read all of Steinbeck's books - multiple times". A short read, it captures attention immediately - like a mystery flipping each page for clues of how will it end. Throughout the book are "pearls of wisdom". :)
What struck me about "The Pearl" was the lack of dialogue and Steinbeck's painting with words.
I've divided music listeners into two types - melody and lyrics and now I think book readers either enjoy the painting or the dialogue. No I'm not an English major with detail knowledge of writing styles - expository, narrative, persuasive, and descriptive. I'm just a simple consumer of music and books.
I fall into the camp of melody for music, and dialogue for books (fiction that is). Hidden in my subconscious mind are the lyrics and paintings.