This bit comes very early in the book. And the David mentioned is the book's twelve-year-old central character whose mother has just died (it's a teensy bit more than two lines - sorry):
...David's mother would often tell him that stories were alive....they came alive in the telling. Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, they had no real existence in our world....Stories wanted to be read...They wanted us to give them life. (p.3, paperback edition)This book has been on my TBR list for quite a while, but I've been reluctant to start it because it's a long one and as we know, I hold the record for being the world's slowest reader.
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