The process of transformation is not immaculate or graceful.
A lot of it is messy, chaotic, foul, awkward, dirty, and uncomfortable.
“Cut a chrysalis open, and you will find a rotting caterpillar. What you will never find is that mythical creature, half caterpillar, half butterfly, a fit emblem for the human soul, for those whose cast of mind leads them to seek such emblems. No, the process of transformation consists almost entirely of decay.”
The excerpt is from Regeneration, a novel – one I’ve never read – written by Pat Barker.
I found the excerpt above in a post on a blog called Literary Lethargy though, and loved it.
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