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The Passage by Justin Cronin
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bookshelves: npr, 2011, blogged, read-all-night, signed-copy
Read from December 31, 2010 to January 03, 2011 — I own a copy


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Justin Cronin
“A baby wasn't an idea, as love was an idea. A baby was a fact. It was a being with a mind and a nature, and you could feel about it any way you liked, but a baby wouldn't care. Just by existing, it demanded that you believe in a future: the future it would crawl in, walk in, live in. A baby was a piece of time; it was a promise you made that the world made back to you. A baby was the oldest deal there was, to go on living.”
Justin Cronin, The Passage

Justin Cronin
“Special Agent Brad Wolgast hated Texas. He hated everything about it.

[...] He hated the billboards and the freeways and the faceless subdivisions and the Texas flag, which flew over everything, always as big as a circus tent; he hated the giant pickup trucks everybody drove, no matter that gas was thirteen bucks a gallon and the world was slowly seaming itself to death like a package of peas in a microwave. He hated the boots and the belts and the way people talked, ya'll this and ya'll that, as if they spent the day ropin' and ridin', not cleaning teeth and selling insurance and doing the books, like people did everywhere.”
Justin Cronin, The Passage
tags: texas

Justin Cronin
“He knew what he'd see; one more slack face, one more pair of eyes that had barely learned to read, one more soul that had stared into itself too long.”
Justin Cronin, The Passage

Justin Cronin
“[...]and yet wasn't there something about [vampires] that struck a deep chord of recognition, even of memory? The teeth, the blood, the hunger, the immortal union with darkness -- what if these things weren't fantasy but recollection or even instinct, a feeling etched over eons into human DNA, of some dark power that lay within the human animal?”
Justin Cronin, The Passage

Justin Cronin
“It was possible, he understood, for a person's life to become just a long series of mistakes, and that the end, when it came, was just one more mistake in a chain of bad choices. The thing was, most of these mistakes were actually borrowed from other people. You took their bad ideas, and for whatever reason, made them your own.”
Justin Cronin, The Passage

Justin Cronin
“Rust, corrosion, wind, rain. The nibbling teeth of mice and the acrid droppings of insects and the devouring jaws of years. The was of nature upon machines, of the planet's chaotic forces upon the works of humankind. The energy that man had pulled from the earth was being inexorably pulled back into it, sucked like water down a drain. Before long, if it hadn't happened already, not a single high-tension pole would be left standing on the earth.

Mankind had built a world that would take a hundred years to die. A century for the last light to go out.”
Justin Cronin, The Passage

Justin Cronin
“She remembered no one at all. She remembered one day thinking: I am alone. There is no I but I. She lived in the dark. She taught herself to walk in the light, though it was not easy.”
Justin Cronin, The Passage

Justin Cronin
“It's different being afraid when there's the hope it will amount to something.”
Justin Cronin, The Passage

Justin Cronin
“The sadness you feel is not your own. It's his sadness you feel in your heart, Amy, for missing you.”
Justin Cronin, The Passage

Justin Cronin
“A thousand recollected lives were passing through her, a thousand stories - of love and work, of parents and children, of duty and joy and grief. Beds slept in and meals eaten, and the bliss and pain of the body, and a view of summer leaves from a window on a morning it had rained; the nights of loneliness and the nights of love, the soul in it's body keeping always longing to be known.”
Justin Cronin, The Passage

Justin Cronin
“By the time they were done Peter realized that something significant had occurred, an acknowledgment that once made, could not be unmade. The body they had buried might have been a viral, but the person they had buried was a man.”
Justin Cronin, The Passage


Reading Progress

12/31/2010 page 169
22.0%
01/02/2011 page 360
47.0% "Okay, I've torn through almost half of this novel in about 2 days. It's good."
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