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Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
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Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
Wave
by Sonali Deraniyagala
recommended for: compassionate people
read in May, 2015
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When you start this memoir, you know there's going to be a lot of grief and some horror, especially in the part at the beginning devoted to the events of December 26, 2004 on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Beyond these emotions, there is confusion, ...more
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" Giverny is high on both my and my wife's lists of places to see, so I hope we can make it happen. The Boudin museum is surely on my personal itinerary ...more "
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Flying Colours by C.S. Forester
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You spend the entirety of this book inside Horatio Hornblower's head, from the sense of degradation as a captive (yet a noble prisoner) of the enemy French, through the idyllic middle section as he and his men chance upon the most helpful ally imagin ...more
Richard Magahiz is on page 76 of 294 of Flying Colours: Captain Hornblower is just about literally a fish out of water as a captive of an enemy with little reason to keep him alive. Interested in seeing how he'll find his way out of the predicament.
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Imagine: How Creativity Works
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Maybe he was such a good popularizer (before his fall from grace) that a lot of the anecdotes seem acceptable to the point of obviousness when you read them. Or maybe things have been rearranged and reworked to such an extent that it any messy detail ...more
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“I use the example as computed by the mathematician Michael Berry. If you know a set of basic parameters concerning the ball at rest, can compute the resistance of the table (quite elementary), and can gauge the strength of the impact, then it is rather easy to predict what would happen at the first hit. The second impact becomes more complicated, but possible; you need to be more careful about your knowledge of the initial states, and more precision is called for. The problem is that to correctly predict the ninth impact, you need to take into account the gravitational pull of someone standing next to the table (modestly, Berry's computations use a weight of less than 150 pounds). And to compute the fifty-sixth impact, every single elementary particle of the universe needs to be present in your assumptions!”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Marcel Proust
“I remained serious. For one thing, I thought it stupid of her to appear to believe or to wish other people to believe that nobody, really, was as smart as herself. For another thing, people who laugh so heartily at what they themselves have said, when it is not funny, dispense us accordingly, by taking upon themselves the responsibility for the mirth, from joining in it.”
Marcel Proust, Sodom and Gomorrah
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Marcel Proust
“One morning indeed, I felt a sudden misgiving that she not only had left the house but had gone for good: I had just heard the sound of a door which seemed to me to be that of her room. On tiptoe I crept towards the room, opened the door, stood upon the threshold. In the dim light the bedclothes bulged in a semi-circle, that must be Albertine who, with her body bent, was sleeping with her feet and face to the wall. Only, overflowing the bed, the hair upon that head, abundant and dark, made me realise that it was she, that she had not opened her door, had not stirred, and I felt that this motionless and living semi-circle, in which a whole human life was contained and which was the only thing to which I attached any value, I felt that it was there, in my despotic possession.”
Marcel Proust, The Captive: Part 2

Marcel Proust
“I walked past her, thinking: Is this what happens to the youth of women? Those whom we have met in the past, if suddenly we desire to see them again, have they become old? Is the young woman whom we desire like a character on the stage, when, unable to secure the actress who created the part, the management is obliged to entrust it to a new star? But then it is no longer the same.”
Marcel Proust, The Captive: Part 1
tags: age, time

Marcel Proust
“It is not because other people are dead that our affection for them grows faint, it is because we ourselves are dying.”
Marcel Proust, The Captive & The Fugitive
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