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Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
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A visceral account of the violence during the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, using the small fictional village of Mano Majra as a microcosm. The author paints an intricate picture of rural Indian life including the dusty dried-out flood pla ...more
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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
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Written in a way that lets anyone relate to the characters involved, and in a short novel cuts to critical issues regarding philosophy, ethics, and the purpose of learning. By the end of the book you feel its impact like a warm embrace.
I Drink Therefore I am by Roger Scruton
"His politics are deplorable, but I couldn’t help liking this book. It is in parts superbly written and promotes the view that wine should be chosen and relished according to where the grapes are grown rather than the variety of grape. Also, that d..." Read more of this review »
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My apologies if this review reeks of "GUSHness." However, it gave me that ONE-OF-A-KIND reading experience that doesn't come along often and so I think it is certainly worthy of the praise I shall heep upon it. Beautifully written and a deeply pe..." Read more of this review »
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"So there’s a damn dirty hippie in India named Siddhartha who is supposed to be seeking spiritual enlightenment, but instead of going to a good Christian church like a normal person, he wanders around the woods for a while with some other damn dirt..." Read more of this review »
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“I had kind of a midlife crisis at twenty which probably doesn’t augur well for my longevity”
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“The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”
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“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
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“Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties -- all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name's Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion -- these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.”
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“Fuck concepts. Don't be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.”
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