Wondrous Words #217
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a fun meme created by Kathy @ Bermuda Onion. I love to play each week. It keeps me looking for new words wherever I’m reading.
While reading Louise Penny’s Trick of the Light I discovered a new word that is very crucial to the story. The word is chiaroscuro. It’s pronounced kē-ärə-sk(y)o-ŏrō.
As the investigation winds down to it’s conclusion, Chief Inspector Gamach explains his understanding of the murder.
“This murder is about contrast . . . about the play between dark and light.” says Gamache. It is seen in the paintings of one of the characters (Clara) but the Inspector sees it also in the reason that led to the murder.
Chiaroscuro means a bold contrast. The play of light and dark. It’s what has led to the title of the novel: A Trick of the Light.
My new word gave me much to research and think about. It was a very nice enrichment to the novel. I’ll share my thoughts on the book either tomorrow or Friday.