This novel was……….breath-taking. A man who is nearly immortal has forgotten how to live.
He’s given up love because of the pain of loss. He can’t give up on life because he hasn’t quite given up on hope. So much wisdom. So much beauty. So many great reminders that life is what is happening right now.
“And, just as it only takes a moment to die, it only takes a moment to live. You just close your eyes and let every futile fear slip away. And then, in this new state, free from fear, you ask yourself: who am I? If I could live without doubt what would I do? If I could be kind without the fear of being fucked over? If I could love without fear of being hurt? If I could taste the sweetness of today without thinking of how I will miss that taste tomorrow? If I could not fear the passing of time and the people it will steal? Yes. What would I do? Who would I care for? What battle would I fight? Which paths would I step down? What joys would I allow myself? What internal mysteries would I solve? How, in short, would I live?”
And a quote he shares from Montaigne: “I speak the truth not so much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little more as I grow older.”
Seriously. Read this book.
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