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Olga and 13 other people liked Esil's review of The Braid:
The Braid by Laetitia Colombani
"3.49 stars

I feel like I could write two very different reviews of The Braid.

Version 1: The Braid is a very readable short novel that had me fully engaged from beginning to end. There are three strands to the story which app..." Read more of this review »
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This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
"3.75 stars

It took me a while to get through This Tender Land, but in the end I quite liked it. The story is set in the 1930s, told from the perspective of an old man looking back at a few months when he was 12 years old. When Oddie and..." Read more of this review »
The Canterbury Tales by Peter Ackroyd
"God bless you, Peter Ackroyd for making this book very easy to read. It did not lose its original meaning. He only used the words that are familiar to us. Consider this example in the original 14th century English in London:
My konnyng is so wayk, O blisful...London:
My" Read more of this review »
Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
"A high 4 star!

Who is Olive Kitteridge? She seems to pop up everywhere and have thoughts on everyone's business. This is what happens when you teach grade 7 in a small town. You end up knowing something about pretty much everyone. And i..." Read more of this review »
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Laura  McBride
“It all matters. That someone turns out the lamp, picks up the windblown wrapper, says hello to the invalid, pays at the unattended lot, listens to the repeated tale, folds the abandoned laundry, plays the game fairly, tells the story honestly, acknowledges help, gives credit, says good night, resists temptation, wipes the counter, waits at the yellow, makes the bed, tips the maid, remembers the illness, congratulates the victor, accepts the consequences, takes a stand, steps up, offers a hand, goes first, goes last, chooses the small portion, teaches the child, tends to the dying, comforts the grieving, removes the splinter, wipes the tear, directs the lost, touches the lonely, is the whole thing. What is most beautiful is least acknowledged. What is worth dying for is barely noticed.”
Laura McBride, We Are Called to Rise

Vasily Grossman
“Good men and bad men alike are capable of weakness. The difference is simply that a bad man will be proud all his life of one good deed - while an honest man is hardly aware of his good acts, but remembers a single sin for years on end.”
Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate

Dani Shapiro
“It would be many years before I began to understand that all of life is practice: writing, driving, hiking, brushing teeth, packing lunch boxes, making beds, cooking dinner, making love, walking dogs, even sleeping. We are always practicing. Only practicing.”
Dani Shapiro, Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life

Vasily Grossman
“I have seen that it is not man who is impotent in the struggle against evil, but the power of evil that is impotent in the struggle against man. The powerlessness of kindness, of senseless kindness, is the secret of its immortality. It can never by conquered. The more stupid, the more senseless, the more helpless it may seem, the vaster it is. Evil is impotent before it. The prophets, religious teachers, reformers, social and political leaders are impotent before it. This dumb, blind love is man’s meaning. Human history is not the battle of good struggling to overcome evil. It is a battle fought by a great evil, struggling to crush a small kernel of human kindness. But if what is human in human beings has not been destroyed even now, then evil will never conquer.”
Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate

Vasily Grossman
“In the cruel and terrible time in which our generation has been condemned to live on this earth, we must never make peace with evil. We must never become indifferent to others or undemanding of ourselves.”
Vasily Grossman

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