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Stay Awake by Dan Chaon
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Apr 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: short-stories
Read from April 03 to 10, 2012

Lovely. A collection of short stories based on increasingly familiar people. What a wonderfully written little book. The reading experience could probably be enhanced by listening to the soundtrack of Twin Peaks at the same time. Also, what a very fitting cover.

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Dan Chaon
“Even when our death is imminent, we carry the image of ourselves moving forward, alive, into the future.”
Dan Chaon, Stay Awake

Dan Chaon
“There is a stage you reach, Deagle thinks, a time somewhere in early middle age, when your past ceases to be about yourself. Your connection to your former life is like a dream or delirium, and that person who you once were is merely a fond acquaintance, or a beloved character from a storybook. This is how memory becomes nostalgia. They are two very different things - the same way that a person is different from a photograph of a person.”
Dan Chaon, Stay Awake

Reading Progress

04/05/2012 page 100
39.0% "Haunting." 2 comments
04/09/2012 page 173
68.0% "Some of these stories make me feel like I'm standing on the margin of two important moments."

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