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Ellie
Ellie is on page 197 of 259
My favorite so far: "Prayer was...no kind of promise, no device for getting what one wanted out of life; it was the mere practice of presence...a therapy of being present, of giving a name of the heart's desires, the fully formed ones, the as yet formless ones."
Mar 24, 2012 06:26AM
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Ellie
Ellie is on page 220 of 259
ecting Paracelsus, the Cloisters, and medical diagnosis-the connections lead ultimately to his specialty, psychiatry where "diagnosis is a trickier art, because even the strongest symptoms are sometimes not visible." "It is especially elusive because the source of our information about the mind is itself the mind, & the mind is able to deceive itself."
Mar 24, 2012 01:49PM
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Ellie
Ellie is on page 183 of 259
"It was a cause, and I was distrustful of causes, but it was also a choice, and I found my admiration increasing, because I was so essentially indecisive myself."
Mar 24, 2012 05:53AM
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Ellie
Ellie is on page 133 of 259
"If you're too loyal to your own suffering, you forget that others suffer, too."
Mar 23, 2012 02:57PM
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Ellie
Ellie is on page 100 of 259
Mar 23, 2012 01:52AM
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Ellie
Ellie is on page 75 of 259
Suddenly Pierre Toussaint appeared. That was a surprise. I guess you never know who you'll meet in New York.
Mar 21, 2012 05:04PM
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Ellie
Ellie is on page 67 of 259
despite my exhilaration at the vivid evocation & presentation of nyc, I find there to be a profound sadness in this book.
Mar 18, 2012 05:22AM
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Ellie
Ellie is on page 41 of 259
I'm blinded by the fact that this book soooo takes place in my city-I remember when the stores he sees close, closed. I've walked the same walks, know the museums, parks. The feel of the marathon at Columbus Circle (I used to live close by). It's hard to focus on anything else because he creates the city so vividly. Reminds me a bit of Sebald, a writer I also like.
Mar 17, 2012 11:35AM
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Deborah I so want to read this. My only issue is that I work in the repairs department of a property management firm with apartment buildings in Brooklyn and Queens. I have developed a phobia about bedbugs. A few too many calls from people crying and giving detailed accounts of the experience. I have bedbug nightmares a couple of times a week. So, I'm afraid to read this book.


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