This is the most absorbing book I have read in a while, great story and characters complimented by historical details of Parisian life, art and revoluThis is the most absorbing book I have read in a while, great story and characters complimented by historical details of Parisian life, art and revolution in the 1800's.
"In some respects the world will never change, expecially its hostility to whatever is new and different. Remember when Romanticism was the shocking and hated thing? then it was Realism, and now it is Monsieur Zola and his Naturalism...It is not a coincidence that society is always eager to imprison those who do not accept its codes. A woman who dares to venture outside marriage, an artist who makes an easy suspect because he does not paint in the approved manner. As long as our world is what it is, one must respond to its nature."...more
"Specialization when taken too far and allowed to define who and what we are becomes limiting. It robs us of our wholeness and our self sufficiency. "Specialization when taken too far and allowed to define who and what we are becomes limiting. It robs us of our wholeness and our self sufficiency. It misses the big picture and confines us to a narrow zoom and it leaves us at the mercy of experts...Farming is a remedy for our modern condition." -Keith Stewart...more
"I have this disease late at night sometimes, involving alcohol and the telephone." I do not feel so all alone.
"Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time"I have this disease late at night sometimes, involving alcohol and the telephone." I do not feel so all alone.
"Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time...He has seen birth and death many times, he says, and pays random visits to all events in between."
"Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops." Ah yes, the building blocks of life that make sense to Americans.
"She upset Billy simply by being his mother. She made him feel embarassed and ungrateful and weak because she had gone to so much trouble to give him life and keep that life going, and Billy didn't really like life at all." This may well articulate that love/hate mother thing. Hmmm.
"How nice-to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive."
"There are people to lynch? Who? People not well connected. So it goes."
Kilgore Trout's unpopularity was well deserved. His prose was frightful. Only his ideas were good."
"The United States has been Balkanized, has been divided into twenty petty nations so that it will never again be a threat to world peace." How's that for foreign policy.
"All the great chefs in th eworld are there. It's a beautiful ceremony...Just before the casket was closed, the mourners sprinkle parsley and paprika on the deceased." I like this image.
"Rumford was thinking in a military manner: that an inconvenient person, one whose death he wished for very much, for practical reasons, was suffering from a repulsive disease."
Page 139's address of revenge, brilliant. Yes, indeed this is one hell of an anti-war book. I like what Howard W. Campbell has to say.