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The Dinner by Herman Koch
" Steve wrote: "It's the ultimate in self-sacrifice that you fell on this grenade for us, Gary. Thank you! I'm striking it from my list.

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A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. Mark Twain
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The Dinner by Herman Koch
"It occurred to me at the end of this story – this is a fascist novel. Not in the sense that the author is fascist or anything of the sort, but rather like pointing to a certain book and recognizing that it is a feminist novel, or a queer novel, or..." Read more of this review »
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"I should probably start this by confessing that I have a problem. It is pretty serious, and a bit sad. I have an addiction to books with short chapters.

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The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Dinner
by Herman Koch
read in October, 2014
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I got the sneaky feeling that I was present at something at which I would rather not be present. It made me think of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Of Oprah Winfrey.

These lines from The Dinner perfectly encapsulate my feelings toward this unappetizing bes
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
" Thanks Cecily. I loved the characters but I'm afraid Ms Atwood was flummoxed about how to bring it to a close. Trilogies are tough. Robertson Davies w ...more"
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Francine Prose
“People see everything through the lens of their obsessions.”
Francine Prose, Goldengrove

George Sand
“[On Chopin's Preludes:]

"His genius was filled with the mysterious sounds of nature, but transformed into sublime equivalents in musical thought, and not through slavish imitation of the actual external sounds. His composition of that night was surely filled with raindrops, resounding clearly on the tiles of the Charterhouse, but it had been transformed in his imagination and in his song into tears falling upon his heart from the sky. ... The gift of Chopin is [the expression of] the deepest and fullest feelings and emotions that have ever existed. He made a single instrument speak a language of infinity. He could often sum up, in ten lines that a child could play, poems of a boundless exaltation, dramas of unequalled power.”
George Sand, Story of My Life: The Autobiography of George Sand

Mark Twain
“Each place has its own advantages - heaven for the climate, and hell for the society.”
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Abraham Verghese
“The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don't. If you keep saying your slippers aren't yours, then you'll die searching, you'll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny.”
Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone

David Foster Wallace
“To be, in a word, unborable.... It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish”
David Foster Wallace, The Pale King

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