Will to live or fear of death?

Will to live or fear of death?

This refers to the looming death of the Brideshead patriarch, surrounded by his family. I was struck by the implication that the will to live gives strength, while the fear of death drains it. If you extend that, it might suggest that people are more motivated by...
Evidence of life?

Evidence of life?

This response by Charles Ryder to his wife’s question is striking.  While change is inevitable, I am not sure it is ‘evidence of life’.  The dead also change. Yet given the state of his marriage when his wife posed the question, and the...
On the practice of life

On the practice of life

Alice Herz-Sommer was a pianist also believed to be the oldest Holocaust survivor, living to 110.  She combined an astonishing resilience and a passion for music, and the discipline of the piano she applies adroitly to the business of life. ‘The artist’s job is...
Reading to live more intensely

Reading to live more intensely

Reading allows you to meet people, places, periods and perspectives you might never otherwise encounter, intensifying your experience of life.  Yes. ‘That book taught me that by reading, I could live more intensely.’   Source: Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The...
Of time and place

Of time and place

Time occupies my mind spaciously, and yet I’d never thought of it like this.  Is it true?  Think about your past, and whether you can divorce the recollection of time from the place where you experienced it. ‘You can’t remember time, only the places...
Do men drown in regret?

Do men drown in regret?

Do not drown and do not regret. Just jettison, while you can, ‘the stupidities and meannesses, self-delusions and deceits’, and sail lighter. ‘Do men drown regretting what they have done with their lives, all the stupidities and meannesses, the...
Trauma recollects forward

Trauma recollects forward

Harold Bloom refers here to Esther in Dickens’ Bleak House. I’ve been turning over in my mind his statement that ‘trauma recollects forward’, and that being tempted to weep at love and kindness is a sign of life, of not being ‘caught in death in life’. May your cup...
A pilgrim’s path

A pilgrim’s path

Luiz and I have talked about taking some long walks or bike rides and even doing a stretch of the Compostela walk. But for a real pilgrimage, there can sometimes be a sense of loss when you reach the end, a ‘what now?’ mixed in with relief and joy.  Similarly with...
Leaves lapping at your feet

Leaves lapping at your feet

The Runaways is a bestellar children’s book I will review on these pages. And Ambrose the dream uncle, though you don’t mess with him. As in other books by Elizabeth Goudge, the children stumble upon adventures which have them give short shrift to a secret curse...

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