Monthly Archives: July 2009

Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee

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“He has long ceased to be surprised at the range of ignorance of his students. Post-Christian, posthistorical, postliterate, they might as well have been hatched from eggs yesterday.”

The more things change the more they remain the same. History repeating itself, though in a more modest vein. Perhaps history has learned a lesson.”
“The day is not dead yet but living. War, atrocity: every word with which one tries ro wrap up this day, the day swallows down in its black throat.”
“They are black-faced Persians, alike in size, in markings, even in their movements. Twins, in all likelihood, destined since birth for the butcher’s knife. Well, nothing remarkable in that. When did a sheep last die of old age? Sheep do not own themselves, do not own their lives. They exist to be used, every last ounce of them, their flesh to be eaten, their bones to be crushed and fed to poultry. Nothing escapes, except perhaps the gall bladder, which no one will eat. Descartes should have thought of that. The soul, suspended in the dark, bitter gall, hiding.”
“Presumably Lucy is healing too, or if not healing then forgetting, growing scar tissue around the memory of that day, sheating it, sealing it off.”
“For his idea of the world, a world in which men do not use shovels to beat corpses into a more convenient shape for processing.”

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

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“Just remember that the things you put into your head there forever, he said. You might want to think about that.
You forget some things, don’t you?
Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.”

“He walked out in the gray light and stood and he saw for a brief moment the absolute truth of the world. The cold relentless circling of the intestate earth. Darkness implacable. The blind dogs of the sun in their running. The crushing black vacuum of the universe. And somewhere two hunted animals trembling like ground-foxes in their cover. Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.”

“He tried to remember the dream but he could not. All that was left was feeling of it. He thought perhaps they’d come to warn him. Of what? That he could not enkindle in the heart of the child what was ashes in his own. Even now some part of him wished they’d never found this refuge. Some part of him always wished it to be over.”