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A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
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it was amazing
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I am shocked to see anyone complain about this book being too long. I spent the majority of my time laughing like a madwoman when I read A Fraction of the Whole. Just this part alone made me think of all my cynical Hungarian elders, because man do they think like this "The younger passengers let out cries of joy. The older passengers knew that the key to happiness lay in keeping your expectations low. They booed." There was not one sentence that I would be happy seeing taken away. WHAT A WORK OF FICTION! Politics, philosophy, religion, sex, love triangles this book is a mass of insanity. I absolutely fell in love with Jasper, the little runt.
I picked up this book on accident really and didn't think it sounded promising. Ha, I was captured from the very first sentence. I not only recommend this book, but I try to force it on my friends. I can't wait until Toltz publishes more.
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“After all, memory may be the only thing on earth we can truly manipulate to serve us, so we don't have to look back at ourselves in the receding past and think, What an arsehole!”
Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole

Steve Toltz
“I couldn't think of anything other than her and the components of her. For example, her red hair. But was I so primitive I let myself be bewitched by hair? I mean, really. Hair! It's just hair! Everyone has it! She puts it up, she lets it down. So what? And why did all the other parts of her have me wheezing with delight? I mean, who hasn't got a back, or a belly, or armpits? This whole finicky obsession serves to humiliate me even as I write it, sure, but I suppose it isn't that abnormal. That's what first love is all about. What happens is you meet a love object and immediately a hole inside you starts aching, the hole that is always there but you don't notice until someone comes along, plugs it up, and then runs away with the plug.”
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Steve Toltz
“The game is an analogy for life: there are not enough chairs or good times to go around, not enough food, not enough joy, nor beds nor jobs nor laughs nor friends nor smiles nor money nor clean air to breathe...and yet the music goes on.”
Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole

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“Negotiating with memories isn't easy: how to choose between those panting to be told, those still ripening, those already shriveling, and those destined to be mangled by language and come out pulverized?”
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“I think that's the real loss of innocence: the first time you glimpse the boundaries that will limit your potential.”
Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole

Steve Toltz
“Regrets came up and asked me if I’d like to own them. Declined them for the most part but took a few just so I wouldn’t leave this relationship empty handed.”
Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole

Steve Toltz
“[I'll teach you] how not to leave the windows of your heart open when it looks like rain and how everyone has a stump where something necessary was amputated. ”
Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole

Steve Toltz
“People carry their secrets in hidden places, not on their faces. They carry suffering on their faces. Also bitterness if there’s room.”
Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole

Steve Toltz
“Sometimes not talking is effortless, and other times it’s more exhausting than lifting pianos.”
Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole


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message 1: by OZ (new) - rated it 5 stars

OZ I support you for your thinking that is schocking to see anoyone complain about this book being too long. I did not want to end the book and I always wanted for more... I think Toltz is magnificent.


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