Friday, August 31, 2012

Winter Journal by Paul Auster *****

I was drawn to this book and author by the rave reviews I read in various quarters. This is an excellent, thought provoking and well written book.

I identified with the author's ruminations as he is only four years older than I. So this is an excellent book for older guys looking back to examine their lives and how to move forward with the time and energy we have left.

5 star, a great book...

"You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person in the world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you, in the same way they happen to everyone else."

"Speak now before it is too late, and then hope to go on speaking until there is nothing more to be said. Time is running out, after all."

"Your bare feet on the cold floor as you climb out of bed and walk to the window. You are sixty-four years old. Outside, the air is gray, almost white, with no sun visible. You ask yourself: How many mornings are left?"

"One must die lovable (if one can).

"But what to do when it is the middle of the night, when you have woken up sometime between two and four in the morning, have stretched out on the sofa in the library, and are unable to sleep. It is too late to read, too late to turn on the television, too late to watch a film and so you lie in the dark and ruminate, letting your thoughts go wherever they choose to go. Sometimes you get lucky....but more often you will discover yourself thinking about the past, and in your experience, whenever your thoughts turn to the past at three o'clock in the morning, these thoughts tend to be dark."

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