Further Musings

Beauty smote his heart, he looked up from the forsaken land & hope returned to him

A Thought and a Passage

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As I have been reading Embers by Sandor Marai while I have been sick this week, I have been thinking about different passages from the book that uniquely describe facets of life that I intuitively know but have never articulated quite so well.

With that I'll segue to a passage from The Brothers K by James David Duncan that seems to do just that:

Book Five, Chapter 3.6

"There are kinds of human problems which really do seem as our tidy expressions would have it, to 'come to a head' and 'demand to be dealt with.' But there are also problems, often just as serious, which come to nothing that we can recognize or openly deal with. Some long-lived, insidious problems simply slip us off to one side of ourselves. Some gently rob us of just enough energy or faith so that days which once took place on a horizontal plane become an endless series of uphill slogs. And some, like high water working year after year at the roots of a riverside tree, quietly undercut our trust or our hope, our sense of place, or of impending danger, we don't feel the damage at all,

till one day, to our amazement, we find ourselves crashing to the ground.

Peter had one of these kinds of problems."


Written by furthermusings

September 13, 2004 at 10:13 pm

Posted in Reflections

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  1. Oh, how I love that book. Charity? Are you reading this?

    And, yeah, I agree that descriptions and articulations of those things you know but don’t know you know are hands down my favorite kinds of things to read. I actually had an author that said in his intro that he hoped his book would, in the end, be that kind of a read–a worthy goal, but I don’t know that I’d ever admit that was what I was trying to do. (In my opinion, he pulled it off, btw.)


    September 14, 2004 at 7:14 pm

  2. i’m on page 34. 🙂


    September 14, 2004 at 10:38 pm

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