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Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
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Egenmäktigt förfarande by Lena Andersson
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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The Silent Traveller in Oxford by Chiang Yee
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The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1 by Anaïs Nin
“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.”
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The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
“Two separate beings, in different circumstances, face to face in freedom and seeking justification of their existence through one another, will always live an adventure full of risk and promise." (p. 248)”
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
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An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain by John O'Farrell
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Anaïs Nin
“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”
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Jean Rhys
“My life, which seems so simple and monotonous, is really a complicated affair of cafés where they like me and cafés where they don't, streets that are friendly, streets that aren't, rooms where I might be happy, rooms where I shall never be, looking-glasses I look nice in, looking-glasses I don't, dresses that will be lucky, dresses that won't, and so on.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight

Simone de Beauvoir
“Two separate beings, in different circumstances, face to face in freedom and seeking justification of their existence through one another, will always live an adventure full of risk and promise." (p. 248)”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

Nicole Krauss
“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

Simone de Beauvoir
“When I was a child, when I was an adolescent, books saved me from despair: that convinced me that culture was the highest of values[...].”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Woman Destroyed

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