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Man Walks Into a Room by Nicole Krauss
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Dec 19, 2010

really liked it
Read in December, 2010

** spoiler alert ** "A couple with years of conversation between them so that now a single word stood in for vast themes, and small noises were sufficient to communicate subtleties of mood, and after all the talking they could lapse again into the mutual silence that was the foundation of their life together. But they were not such a couple."

"There was a chance [that she was] remembering him. There was a chance that in some cosmic equation a burden was added to your load each time you made for someone's memory."

"To touch and feel each thing in the world, to know it by sight and by name, and then to know it with your eyes closed so that when something is gone, it can be recognized by the shape of its absence. So that you can continue to possess the lost, because absence is the only constant thing. Because you can get free of everything except the space where things have been."

Hauntingly beautiful.

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