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Swing Low by Miriam Toews
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Dec 19, 2011

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Read from December 19, 2011 to January 03, 2012

Swing Low: A Life. The title says it all, doesn't it? An autobiographical novel written in the first person through a third party persepective. This novel had no climax, no twists, no turns; it was simply the catharsis Toews uses in order to better understand her own fathers suicide. Although the novel delves deep into depression as a clinical disease, there are moments and emotions that stand out. Love. His marriage to his ever loving wife is something that should be rejoiced. In the end, this novel illustrates that life is difficult, and for some people, it is unbareable; however, even the most troubled individual have moments that can only be described as sheer happiness. I guess the question becomes: how do you hold on to it? To quote one of my fav films: "I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me, but it's hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst. And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it. And then it flows through me like rain. And I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry, you will someday"

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Darren Tang I am back from the dead. Feels kind of nice to be back where I belong. We shall see how long this read takes and I'll let all the people know, (i.e. no one, as nobody reads my comments) what I think about this non-fiction critique on depression that is a human life

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Geneviève i do read your comments :)

Darren Tang lol ya? Well I might as well just address you directly, as you are probably the only one!

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