Thursday, 1 July 2010

Yellow Tuesdays and Chocolate Circles

 Photo by las-initially

I'm reading a rather wonderful book at the moment - "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak. It's kind of a grim fairy tale set in Nazi Germany and narrated by Death (I never was one for chick lit!)

One of the most fascinating things in the book is that the character of Death has synaesthesia. In case you're not well up on neuroscience (what do you do with your time??) synaesthesia is a neurological condition where people perceive the world differently, e.g. some people see a colour when they hear music, others may "taste" words.

This is an extract from the book to give you a better idea - 
"Personally, I like a chocolate-colored sky.  Dark, dark chocolate.  People say it suits me.  I do, however, try to enjoy every color I see – the whole spectrum.  A billion or so flavors, none of them quite the same, and a sky to slowly suck on.  It takes the edge off the stress.  It helps me relax".
There's some evidence that we are all born with the potential for synaesthesia. I've become quite intrigued by this idea; it's an interesting creative exercise to explore. I've decided that if I were a colour, I'd definitely be a deep turquoise blue. My son would be silver and my other half dark, indigo purple. 

What colour would you be?


  1. You have peeked my interest. I will definitely look up this book.

    I'd be green...natural,organic,ethereal and fresh...all which by the way...I've been called.

    Have a great day~


  2. Wow I am like Bunny I may have to look this up myself.
    Never could figure out what color I am since I change so much. lol
    Glad you love my Betty Boop..I love her too. You know I have had her so long I have forgotten where I got her. It was probably off of Ebay when I was buying a lot on there. Never get on it anymore.
    She has been with me now for a long time.

  3. Bunny the book's really good, I'd recommend it! Green is a lovely colour to be - the colour of peace and healing!

    Maggie Betty is fab, what a great find! And for the record, I think you would be hot pink :)

  4. I'd be turquoise blue like the ocean. I love the color and the emotions it evokes.

  5. I've been hearing a lot about synaesthesia lately for some reason. All sorts of interesting people have it. I'd probably be something calm, like a pale blue.

  6. I'm turquoise too! At least for now...always subject to change :)
    Thanks for the book report...I'm always looking for delicious books!

  7. Thea really? It fascinates me - what a wonderful way to experience the world!

    Lisa turquoise seems to be a popular choice - how interesting! And this is certainly a delicious (I think probably cinnamon flavored) book :)

  8. Purple for me all the way, and I'm adding this book to my vacation list- it sounds like an amazing read!

  9. Stephanie good choice - purple's the colour of spirituality and creativity :)

  10. Thanks for the book recommendation...sounds intriguing. Me? and red....colors I couldn't stand as a child, go figure.

  11. SOiNTOiT hmm - how interesting that you've changed colours! I wonder what you'd have said if you'd been asked the same question when you were a child?