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The News Where You Are by Catherine O'Flynn
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Jul 31, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: arc, location-europe-britain-scotland
Read from July 31 to August 02, 2010

How quickly the present becomes the past. How often do we truly enjoy the moment we're living in, appreciate the present, without gazing back in longing, ahead in fear or hope. This is a book about nostalgia, about longing for a past that never really existed. The past only seems better than the present because it is irretrievable. Near the end of the book, Frank tells his daughter that when you're young, life is all in the future; when youre old, it's all in the past. From the wisdom of her eight years, his daughter Mo replies that she lives in the present. Each of the principal characters approaches aging in a unique way, and Frank, who is only 43, is an onlooker, regarding his mother's decline (which contains not a few suprises), and remembering his architect father whose death at 51 may have been caused by career disillusionment. His father's buildings from the 70s are already considered passe and are being demolished sometimes just to create empty lots. He is also haunted by the death of his friend and mentor, a low level star of the evening news.

Reading is a subjective pleasure, but the craft of writing and of character building displayed throughout every page is so exemplary, it will be hard to top it. The exclusion of this book from the Booker's long lost issued last week baffles me.

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