Susan M. Toy
Bornin Toronto, Canada
Wallace Stegner, Richard Ford, Aritha van Herk, Joan Barfoot, Gail Bow ...more
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This story is about a lot of things, but mostly about idiots. So it needs saying from the outset that it’s always very easy to declare that other people are idiots, but only if you forget how idiotically difficult being human is.
I think this is one of those lines that I, once the book is finished, think of as "anthems" for the theme of the novel. Without really telling you anything about the plot of the novel they let you know what it's really about, to me. They don't set the stage, but they'll set an emotion. It's small phrases that just lets you know what I'm feeling and thinking, and why I'm telling you all this, and hopefully also gives you a sense of where we're going. These anthems also work as reminders for myself of why I wanted to do this in the first place, what emotion I started with when I got the first ...more
" Where's the Absolutely LOVE button for this??? ...more "
" Yes, I often had the thought to do exactly the same when I was renting that storage unit. Sometimes we just need a quiet place to read amidst all our ...more "
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“We don't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts.”
“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.”