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Paris Trance by Geoff Dyer
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"Nothing in the past has any value. You cannot store up happiness. That past is useless. You can dwell on it but not in it. What good does it do anyone, knowing that they once sat with friends in a car and called out the names of cinemas and films, that they ate lunch in a town whose name the have forgotten?" (quoted from the book)

It is a melancholic story about a gang of friends enjoying their time in the "so-called" romantic city of Paris. But that carefreeness of youth must end to some extend. One can respond to it by being a mature adult and continue living. Or as the tragic character in novel one can choose to deny it and continue living in the past.

Do you ever feel a slight sadness the moment after you have a very good time with your friends and loved-ones? You just don't want it to end. Keep replaying the highlights of those moments in your head. This is what the novel is about to me.

Quoting some more:
"I'm wondering if it's possible that happiness could become unbearable"
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