Guilty Treasures

Photo: Anna Iltnere, Beach Books

Weathered

“Everything you find looks ancient and mysterious. Things brought home from the sea and its margins become emblems, talismans to the beachcomber. Beach shacks are full of this stuff; it’s a kind of kitsch beyond taste. The crossed whalebones over the door, the abalone shells and bleached corals, like dead fingers and brains, on dressers and bookshelves. Smooth stones, pieces of glass, dried seahorses, the skeletons of boxfish and jaws of small sharks. You can only sneer at it if you’ve never felt that sense of bounty, of excitement, stooping to pick up something that breaks the bareness of the beach, the loneliness of the morning like a small gift.”

Tim Winton “Land’s Edge: A Coastal Memoir”, 1993

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“Viss, ko atrodi, izskatās antīks un noslēpumains. Mājās no jūras pārnestās lietas pārtop talismanos. Pludmales būdas ir pilnas tādiem; sava veida bezgaumīgs kičs. Virs durvīm sakrustotie vaļa kauli, uz kumodēm un grāmatplauktos rindotie pērļu gliemežvāki un izbalējuši koraļļi kā beigti pirksti vai smadzenes. Gludi akmeņi, stikla gabali, izžuvuši jūras zirdziņi, koferzivs skeleti un mazu haizivju žokļi. Par to var vīpsnāt vien tad, ja nekad nav pašam nācies izjust šo guvuma reibumu, patīkamo satraukumu, pieliecoties, lai paceltu kaut ko, kas – kā tāda maza dāvana – pārrauj pludmales kailumu un rīta vientulību.”

Tim Winton “Land’s Edge: A Coastal Memoir”, 1993

 

 

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