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The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
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"...what I regretted most was that I was not to die with my view of human nature intact. I had been allowed to believe in man's innate goodness for the twenty-two years of my life, and I had hoped to carry the belief with me to my grave."


"The thing that preoccupied me that night was the notion that a person's choices are only rarely between right and wrong or between good and evil. I saw very clearly that people were mostly faced with much murkier options and that there were no clear signposts marking the better path to take."


"...the sleep of the saved is the same as the sleep of the damned."


"I don't think anyone thought past the lifeboat. We finally accepted it. It was where we lived."


"After all, I have already taken the measure of my own insignificance, and I survived."


"If I had not felt so sorry for him, I would have laughed out loud at his desire to pin everything down, at his naïveté, at his childish desire to know."


Very good book, lines blur and you begin to understand their actions and following-question yourself in similar circumstance.
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