I read this a few months ago, and I still sort of feel 'meh' about it. It is not one of the books that I feel 'meh' about at the time, but then thinkI read this a few months ago, and I still sort of feel 'meh' about it. It is not one of the books that I feel 'meh' about at the time, but then think about a lot (perhaps I was waiting to write this review in order to judge that). I just don't think about it, and am not sure it brought anything new to my life.
I liked this book at the beginning, as I liked the style, which is very quote-able, particularly on the meaning of life and regret. But I felt that there were layers and layers of mysteries, and I think the writing was too over-done, such that it either obscured or over-played the mystery. I liked it, but I think it was too slow or too subtle.
---- FAVOURITE QUOTES ---- "There's a lot under the surface of life, everyone knows that. A lot of malice and dread adn guilt, and so much loneliness, where you wouldn't really expect to find it, either." (6)
"This is an interesting planet. It deserves all the attention you can give it." (28)
Tunnel reference - p58
"So often I have known, right there in the pulpit, even as I read the words, how far they fell short of any hopes I had for them. And they were the major work of my life, from a certain point of view. I have to wonder how I have lived with that." (69)
"After a while I did begin to wonder if I liked the church better with no people in it." (70)
"There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, every one of them sufficient." (243)...more