Friday, October 06, 2006


From "The History of Love":

...the insoluble contradiction of being animals cursed with self-reflection, and moral beings cursed with animal instincts...


Blogger dbs said...

What did you think of the book? I liked it but it was increadibly painful. (And the little brother part was just unbearable for me.)

October 12, 2006 6:52 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Painful as in you didn't like it, or as in emotionally difficult?

I was very impressed with this book. Especially given that the writer is 30 years old.

I liked the old man part of the book very much. I can see myself in that character if I ever live that long. And of course, the part where the teenagers are listening to the Russian parents yelling at each other, that is just like family dinners at my parents. I don't know how someone could write life that well.

October 12, 2006 9:14 PM  
Blogger dbs said...

I agree that it is a remarkable book. I loved the writing and the characterization. But it was very sad. In particular, I have a hard time reading about children who are struggling blindly to make their world right - and suffer even more as a consequence.

October 19, 2006 10:40 PM  

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