Have you ever read something which is so beautifully written that you put the book down for a moment and savour it? Tell us about it!It was still hot, and the late sun's rays fell obliquely across the balcony, through the half-opened shutter, in a shaft of copper-gold. Motionless, the shadows of thin leaves traces a pattern across it as delicate and precise as a Chinese painting on silk. The image of the tree, brushed in like that by the sun, had a grace that the tree itself gave no hint of, for it was merely one of the nameless spindly affairs, parched and dust-laden, that struggled up toward the sky from their pots in the hotel court below. But its shadow might have been designed by Ma Yüan.
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I just read something in Madam, Will You Talk by Mary Stewart and I literally stopped reading, it was so evocative and gorgeous, so beautiful ...