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Silence by Shūsaku Endō
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For me, the most fascinating theme was the catechetical, the possibility of an inalterable perversion of faith. Was the faith of European peasants a hundred years prior to the 17th century (in which the novel takes place) essentially different from t ...more
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Loved the chapters on knocking over the Outfit/Syndicate/Organization: they read like a greatest hits of heist flash fic.
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Get a Financial Life by Beth Kobliner
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P is on page 84 of 212 of Silence: If it is not blasphemous to say so, I have the feeling that Judas was no more than the unfortunate puppet for the glory of that drama which was the life and death of Christ.
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Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
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Brighton Rock is everything I want right now from a novel: edge-of-your-seat crime thriller, Catholic morality tale, psychopathic teenage street tough scared to death of losing his virginity. And the final scene in the confessional with the appalling ...more
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The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
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Entertaining as always, but with two cases it seems as if neither is fully developed.
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George Gordon Byron
“I should, many a good day, have blown my brains out, but for the recollection that it would have given pleasure to my mother-in-law.”
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William Faulkner
“It's just incredible. It just does not explain. Or perhaps that's it: they don't explain and we are not supposed to know. We have a few old mouth-to-mouth tales, we exhume from old trunks and boxes and drawers letters without salutation or signature, in which men and women who once lived and breathed are now merely initials or nicknames out of some now incomprehensible affection which sound to us like Sanskrit or Chocktaw; we see dimly people, the people in whose living blood and seed we ourselves lay dormant and waiting, in this shadowy attenuation of time possessing now heroic proportions, performing their acts of simple passion and simple violence, impervious to time and inexplicable - Yes, Judith, Bon, Henry, Sutpen: all of them. They are there, yet something is missing; they are like a chemical formula exhumed along with the letters from that forgotten chest, carefully, the paper old and faded and falling to pieces, the writing faded, almost indecipherable, yet meaningful, familiar in shape and sense, the name and presence of volatile and sentient forces; you bring them together in the proportions called for, but nothing happens; you re-read, tedious and intent, poring, making sure that you have forgotten nothing, made no miscalculation; you bring them together again and again nothing happens: just the words, the symbols, the shapes themselves, shadowy inscrutable and serene, against that turgid background of a horrible and bloody mischancing of human affairs.”
William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!

Flannery O'Connor
“That belief in Christ is to some a matter of life and death has been a stumbling block for readers who would prefer to think it a matter of no great consequence.”
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