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The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
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Jan 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read from February 17 to 20, 2011

"Then the dog leapt out to the frozen river, leaving small flowerlike paw prints in the snow" (27).
"...for the first time in her life, she felt its immense worhtlessness, when a cat's small paw could destroy the grandest dream" (29).
“Disturbed too were other souls” (127).
“It was to be endured, as anything beyond one’s control” (162).
“He went into a nearby store and asked for a small bag of sunflower seeds, and when he came out, he put a few of the seeds into his mouth and chewed them into an inedible mess, imagining all of them to be unfriendly people crushed between his teeth” (198).
“They were all sufferers in their despicable pain, every one of them, and what right did he have to laugh at the woman whose husband was pouring his heart out to him, a man in sincere confession to a fellowman?” (312).
“They think they are revolutionary, progressive, they think they are doing a great favor to the world by becoming masters of their own lives, but what is revolution except a systematic way for one species to eat another alive? Let me tell you—history is, unlike what they say on the loudspeakers, not driven by revolutionary force but by people’s desire to climb onto someone else’s neck and shit and pee as he or she wants” (314).

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