Saturday, April 10, 2010

Peter Høeg quotes from The Woman and the Ape

It is at the very moment of realizing that we are bereft, when the loss bleeds and the awareness of it has not yet begun to coagulate, that the significance of what has been lost strikes us most forcefully. (p. 59)

Contrary to what adults believe[,] the joy of children at play comes not from having no knowledge of Death--every living creature has that. It comes from their divining what the grown-ups have lost sight of; that even though Death makes a fierce opponent, it is not invincible. (p. 154)

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