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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen
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Such an easy, likable style speckled with some real brilliance. A real eye for the small moments and gestures in ordinary lives and sometimes very funny. Those details bring the characters into vivid 3D and so you care about them, and the story, whic ...more
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
He was alone. He was unheeded, happy, and near to the wild heart of life. He was alone and young and wilful and wildhearted, alone amid a waste of wild air and brackish waters and the seaharvest of shells and tangle and veiled grey sunlight.James Joyce
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She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
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The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch
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Boxing Day Test 2005: This is the book that had me gabbling feverishly about quantum mechanics and the multiverse way, way too loud after reading it the night before and smuggling in a bottle of scotch to the southern stand.
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Marilynne Robinson
“Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday. It is like standing in a newly planted garden after a warm rain. You can feel the silent and invisible life.”
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

George Orwell
“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
George Orwell, 1984

James Joyce
“Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.”
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Jack Kerouac
“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

James Joyce
“A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.”
James Joyce, Ulysses

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