By Michael Tolkin
Michael Tolkin's acclaimed moment novel, one of the useless, is an arresting exam of private and non-private grief within the wake of unspeakable catastrophe, a slow-burning travel de strength of mental fiction. whilst Frank Gale writes a passionate letter to his spouse confessing an affair, he hopes all might be forgiven at the hot shorelines of Mexico. however the farewell kiss of his female friend reasons him to overlook the flight sporting his spouse and daughter, and whilst he learns that their airplane has crashed in a crowded urban, his existence alterations during seconds. quickly Frank's letter is found one of the useless, and without notice one man's fight to understand his loss and grief turns into ate up in a media circus of felony drama, kinfolk quarrels, and public scandal.
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Michael Tolkin's acclaimed moment novel, one of the useless, is an arresting exam of private and non-private grief within the wake of unspeakable catastrophe, a slow-burning journey de strength of mental fiction. while Frank Gale writes a passionate letter to his spouse confessing an affair, he hopes all should be forgiven at the hot shores of Mexico.
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Because it's in their interest that this should be so; it's an unwritten law, and their very existence hangs on it. * When you have had a silly idea and felt that it was silly, don't be in haste to throw it on the scrap heap. It lived its little hour. How could that be? Let's stop and think. * "Love" consists in feeling that, against one's will, one has made over to another what was intended only for oneself. * You never know who it is you are sleeping with. * Meditation of the supremely beautiful, truly seductive woman: "I've often noticed that hardly any man comes near me without feeling he gets a sort of right over me, and develop ing a kind of proprietary jealousy.
The meeting. Suppose two men running away from each other and un aware that the world is round were suddenly to find them- ANALECTS selves face to face, at the antipodes of their starting place— what a strange fluke this would seem to be! We find the same thing happening in our dealings with our worst enemies. In the structure of the Time through which life moves are curves leading imperceptibly from the impossible to the real, from the unthinkable to the achieved. VI Powers of the gaze A curious give-and-take begins when glance meets glance.
You set out to make a certain book? "Well," I ask, "have you made it? What were you aiming at? "Were you aspiring to scale the heights or to gain material rewards: pecuniary success or a feather in your cap? Or perhaps you had a less obvious purpose; perhaps you wished to appeal only to a few of your acquaintances, or even to a single one whom you hoped to 'get at' by the detour of a published work ? "Whom did you want to entertain? Whom did you want to beguile, to rival, to madden with envy; whose mind to preoccupy, and whose nights to haunt?
Among the Dead by Michael Tolkin