David Malouf’s use of language in the passage that appears on pages 97 & 98 of the book Remembering Babylon show that he wishes to express a continuous idea. Jock is finding it difficult to put into words the feeling he is experiencing and thoughts he is having. Jock wants to express his awe at being a part of creation he is just now discovering… on his own… “apart from his group of friends”. There is no us in this passage, it is a solo observation and awakening in Jock.
My first impression, as an artist and writer when reading this passage, was “How do I paint that?” I want to capture the thoughts and feelings within the passage and somehow make it understandable for all, for the illiterate, for the child, for those who can’t read this passage in their own language. It is a project I hope to work on.