Memorable Mondays // London is Full of Broken Glass

Memorable Mondays Main ImageMemorable Mondays is a meme that focuses on spotlighting our favorite quotes from books we’ve read.

This week’s quote comes from Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein.

Rose Under Fire is the companion novel to Code Name Verity. The main character, Rose Justice is a poet and some of her prose is beautiful, and a little bit lyrical. This passage describes a bombing during the London blitz. The passage is both haunting and beautiful and I love the image it leaves with me.

London is covered in broken glass. Glass and dust. You can tell where the bombs have fallen by the piles of glass, which get bigger and bigger until you get to a hole in the ground where a house or store was. More piles of glass are banked against the buildings that are still standing, and there are little paths cleared on the sidewalks. I thought it was around Southampton, but London is a wasteland of wreckage. The trees have all lost their leaves in bomb blasts so that it looks like winter. Houses with no roofs and no windows have signs on the door that read STILL OCCUPIED to stop people from looting them.

This passage to me paints a picture that I can imagine clearly in my head. The idea of broken glass in piles seems oddly beautiful, but as the passage moves towards the house with no roof or windows, it gets bleaker and bleaker.


Have you read Rose Under Fire? Can you think of a passage that you’ve read that has painted a picture of a scene for you?

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