In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”
The new state was sealed north, east, and south by hostile borders and washed on the west by the merciful Mediterranean—the sea into which its children dove as if into the arms of complete freedom and from which they learned the audacity they made their trademark, and into which Fanya never stepped after she saw a jellyfish floating in its waters.
Source: Rachel Kadish, From a Sealed Room
A postscript: I often select images to accompany these posts (see last week’s Sunday Sentence for one example). I realize that by using a map, complete with its caption, I may be contravening the “out of context and without commentary” rule this week. I accept that criticism. A map seemed to me the most appropriate illustration for this line, and I couldn’t post this one without including its caption or attributing it to its source.