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324 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1987
"Rather than drown in uncertainty it was best to surf right on top of it."
"There should be a word for the microscopic spark of hope that you dare not entertain in case the mere act of acknowledging it will cause it to vanish, like trying to look at a photon. You can only sidle up to it, looking past it, walking past it, waiting for it to get big enough to face the world."
“People don't alter history any more than birds alter the sky, they just make brief patterns in it.”
“Although the scythe isn't pre-eminent among the weapons of war, anyone who has been on the wrong end of, say, a peasants' revolt will know that in skilled hands it is fearsome.”