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March 16, 2020


We're on the same wavelength---I just located my ancient copy of this today. I happened to open it to a phrase I had marked off when I first read this book in the '60s: "...the frantic desire for life that thrives in the heart of every great calamity."

Funny, I just started reading it for the first time two days ago!

Have been reading this brilliant book for the first time. Astonishing. Characters, language, slow accretion of details, and all the sense of daily life, going on, or not.

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