If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders - What would you tell him?"
I…don't know. What…could he do? What would you tell him?"
“I've proved my point. I've demonstrated there's no difference between me and everyone else! All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day. You had a bad day once, am I right? I know I am. I can tell. You had a bad day and everything changed. Why else would you dress up as a flying rat? You had a bad day, and it drove you as crazy as everybody else... Only you won't admit it! You have to keep pretending that life makes sense, that there's some point to all this struggling! God you make me want to puke. I mean, what is it with you? What made you what you are? Girlfriend killed by the mob, maybe? Brother carved up by some mugger? Something like that, I bet. Something like that... Something like that happened to me, you know. I... I'm not exactly sure what it was. Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another... If I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice! Ha ha ha! But my point is... My point is, I went crazy. When I saw what a black, awful joke the world was, I went crazy as a coot! I admit it! Why can't you? I mean, you're not unintelligent! You must see the reality of the situation. Do you know how many times we've come close to world war three over a flock of geese on a computer screen? Do you know what triggered the last world war? An argument over how many telegraph poles Germany owed its war debt creditors! Telegraph poles! Ha ha ha ha HA! It's all a joke! Everything anybody ever valued or struggled for... it's all a monstrous, demented gag! So why can't you see the funny side? Why aren't you laughing?"
it is not easy to know where to be once people stop telling you. we asked for this and now that it's here, we don't know what to do with it. we find ourselves looking through old photo albums and envying our younger selves which is not a comfortable feeling. once, in a lecture, a professor named the exact sensation. exaltation of the past: the tendency to view the past as ideal and feel the intense desire to return to it. even last month seems perfect and today, hopeless already.
“Art, those women you sold. I can’t believe—I mean the boy I knew would never have done that. Is there some way to save them?”
His eyes darkened with anger. “Don’t, Cleo. You don’t know what the hell is going on, and I won’t let you judge me. Those trades were the first and the last, but there was a reason for them. Trust me.”
I hung my head. “I do trust you, but… you sold people. You sent them to a life of slavery. That’s not exactly easy to forget or condone.”
My life is pretty much like this: I spent 11 months and 28 days of every year looking forward to the new John Grisham book and then 2-3 days devouring it. He is the master of the opening paragraph. Immediate hooks. Short sentences. You don't even notice his writing style after the first page or two but it's effortless to read. And there are many things about this book which make it a strong addition to his books. I read it in two days and The Firm was the first Grisham novel that I tried, and I suspect that is the case for many of his fans. This story began simply enough: Mitch, a young man who grew up poor in the south without much family was very smart. He finished graduate school for his law degree in the top ten of his class and married his high school sweet heart. Although he'd intended to make the rounds of all the top places for attorneys, he quickly accepted The Firm's offer - partly because he and they seemed to click and partly because they said family was important to them. When he accepted their generous offer, they also told him they'd pay off his school debts so that it wasn't hanging over him. They leased him a BMW that he'd need to pay them back after he made partner in a few years. Mitch did indeed work very hard for the firm, putting in longer hours than anyone. However, little by little, Mitch began trying to make sense of certain events - how and why were two of the firm's lawyers found dead in the Caribbean in the last year or so? Relatively soon, Mitch was approached by an FBI person who hoped to entice Mitch to turn over documents that they could use against the firm. Mitch was leery about that. The story continued unfolding with lots of ups and downs. We readers could guess but not really know how it would turn out until near the end of the final chapters. For his first book, Grisham's writing style is a fascinating example of the modern day thriller. The ending was unsettling. It told me that by living in a modern, free society we are beset with risks; if you make the wrong choise at the wrong time then you may be forced to pay for this mistake for the rest of your life. Even if you beat the bad guys. So who says that good always overcomes evil? Overall, I found Grisham’s work nothing short of exceptional. If you’re into thrillers, I highly recommend it. 5 stars from a fellow thriller enthusiast.
“About Lorenzo’s lack of feeling for females,” Leo tells her. Melody laughs. “I don’t know... based on the noises coming out of his bedroom at around midnight last night, I’d say he was feeling something with a woman.” “He was making her feel something. Big difference.” Leo turns back to me, cocking an eyebrow. “What was this one’s name?” “Barbie,” I say. “And is Barbie her real name?” Leo asks. “Or is that just what you’re calling her, since she was platinum blonde and plastic?” Okay, he’s got me there... “That’s what I thought,” he continues when I don’t answer. No point wasting my breath. He knows. “Bet you probably don’t even remember her real name.” “It was Tina.” “Really?” “No, I don’t know,” I say, standing up. “I didn’t pay attention to a word she said.”
Sayfa 45 - Published January, burada bir gülmüşüm ki... anlatamam. Ya Lorenzo aşırı karizmatik AŞIRI. Karissa'nın arkadaşı Melody'de burada, sevgilisi Leo'nun ağabeyi Lorenzo oluyor jdsldjg aşırı iyi ya.