• "For the heart, life is simple: it beats for as long as it can. Then

    From August Abolins@2:460/256 to All on Sunday, September 26, 2021 18:56:53
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    "For the heart, life is simple: it beats for as long as it can. Then it stops. "

    That's the first sentence of a book (which happens to be in 6 volumes, chronicling the life and thoughts of its protagonist. It's actually a pseudo-autobiographical novel.

    A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1 | Paperback
    Karl Ove Knausgaard | Don Bartlett

    My Struggle / Min kamp # 1 (series)

    Random House UK | Vintage Books

    Fiction / Biographical / Family Life / Literary

    Published Jul 23, 2013

    "Sooner or later, one day, this pounding action will cease of its own accord, and the blood will begin to run towards the body?s lowest point, where it will collect in a small pool, visible from outside as a dark, soft patch on ever whitening skin, as the temperature sinks, the limbs stiffen and the intestines drain. These changes in the first hours occur so slowly and take place with such inexorability that there is something almost ritualistic about them, as though life capitulates according to specific rules, a kind of gentleman?s agreement to which the representatives of death also adhere, inasmuch as they always wait until life has retreated before they launch their invasion of the new landscape. By which point, however, the invasion is irrevocable. The enormous hordes of bacteria that begin to infiltrate the body?s innards cannot be halted. Had they but tried a few hours earlier, they would have met with immediate resistance; however everything around them is quiet now, as they delve deeper and deeper into the moist darkness. "

    Oddly, I find myself drawn to these musings. And, just when you think the chapter would dwell on death, we are suddenly taken to the early years of the main character's life. And so the journey begins..

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