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This Side of Brightness by Colum McCann
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Apr 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: doorway-language, doorway-character, doorway-setting
Read from April 09 to 16, 2012

"Clarence Nathan sleeps on the fire escape; he has been told that his father used to do this. He is not bothered by the noise from below: police sirens, record players sounding out through open windows, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown. His body is squeezed up in the small space, his forearms wrapped around his knees. Sometimes the night is punctuated by gunshots. Or the blare of a musical car horn. Or couples shouting as they lean out of windows. A landscape of loving and hating. A palpable viciousness in the air. And yet a tenderness too. Something about this part of the world seems so alive that its own heart could burst from the accumulated grief. As if it all might suddenly stumble under the gravity of living. As if the city itself has given birth to the intricacies of the human heart. Veins and arteries - like his grandfather's tunnels - tumbling with blood. And millions of men and women sloshing that blood along the street."


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