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Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
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Sep 07, 12

bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read in September, 2012

Beautiful language couldn't sew this disjointed book together for me. But, this might be the best last line ever: “I see that I must give what I most need.”

I also enjoyed this witty quip: “Alex shared the domestic work but drew the line at laundry and mending; as she would say, “Euripedes? Eumenides.”

Other favorite quotes:
“But poetry, the power of language to restore: this was what they were trying to teach me.”

“Love is always good, no matter the circumstances…our secrets will be our courage when we need it.”

“The best teacher lodges an intent not in the mind but in the heart. I know I must honour Athos’s lessons, especially one: to make love necessary.”

“Like other ghosts, she whispers; not for me to join her, but so that, when I'm close enough, she can push me back into the world.”

“Though the contradictions of war seem sudden and simultaneous, history stalks before it strikes. Something tolerated soon becomes something good.”

“To share a hiding place, physical or psychological, is as intimate as love.”
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