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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Have you seen the most beautiful woman in the world?

Yes, sometime around 1984 when I worked at a store. The store was empty and in came a Hindu woman. She looked like a princess and well could have been one. She bought some hanging costume jewelry from me. I was at the point of fainting. She had copper skin, long red hair, and the rest of her was perfect. A timeless beauty. When I had to charge her, I felt embarrassed. As if saying she understood and not to worry, she smiled at me. Then she disappeared and I have never again seen anyone like her. Sometimes I get the impression that she was the goddess Kali, the patron saint of thieves and goldsmiths, except Kali was also the goddess of murderers, and this Hindu woman was not only the most beautiful woman on earth, but she seemed also to be a good person — very sweet and considerate.

Extracted from “Stray Questions for: Roberto Bolaño?!”, from a piece in The New York Times.

3 Responses to “Have you seen the most beautiful woman in the world?”

  1. Beauty is in the eye of the stall-holder

  2. Chris says:

    She surely was very beautiful and impressive. But in memory everything is usually more glorified than in reality. But who knows maybe the compare with Kali contains some truth…

  3. larry g thompson says:

    In a recent WSJ article the author evaluated what she called “changing Perceptions of Beauty.” She contends we/men [I guess] are drifting from the Cristy Brinkley blond, fair-skinned, curvy kind of beauty to an ethnic influenced diversity of skin hues: all the rich combinations of brown and black, from bronze to blue-black. Facial features which reflect the richness of diversity, i.e., nose shape, ear shape, and for the most part taller women. Yes, beauty is in the “eye of the beholder” and exposure to new models probably impacts our judgment. I find Isabella Huppert fascinating, freckles, eyes and a range of expressions, i.e., lifting her head at odd moments, the most unique of film stars–anywhere. She happens to be French. But I would add Palestinian Hiam Bassa to make my point in support of the WSJ article. And what of Selma Hyak?