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The Measure of Time (Italian language, 2021, Bitter Lemon Press) 3 stars

One spring afternoon Lorenza shows up in Guerrieri’s office. Her son Jacopo, a small-time delinquent, …

The Measure of Time

3 stars

1) "Somebody once wrote that we should be capable of dying young. Not in the sense of really dying, but in the sense of stopping what we're doing when we realize we've exhausted our desire to do it, or our strength, or when we realize we've reached the limit of our talent, if we have any. Everything that comes after that limit is repetition. We should be capable of dying young in order to stay alive, but that almost never happens. I'd often thought that thanks to what I'd earned in my profession, of which I'd only spent a small part, I could quit, sell the practice and devote myself to something else. Travel, studying, reading. Maybe trying to write. Anything just to escape the grip of time. Time that kept passing, never changing. Nearly motionless in its daily repetition, yet fading fast."

2) "The only things I remember clearly …

Watership Down (Paperback, 1975, Mass Market Paperback) 5 stars

Watership Down

4 stars

1) "Fu Inlé means 'after moonrise.' Rabbits, of course, have no idea of precise time or of punctuality. In this respect they are much the same as primitive people, who often take several days over assembling for some purpose and then several more to get started. Before such people can act together, a kind of telepathic feeling has to flow through them and ripen to the point when they all know that they are ready to begin. Anyone who has seen the martins and swallows in September, assembling on the telephone wires, twittering, making short flights singly and in groups over the open, stubbly fields, returning to form longer and even longer lines above the yellowing verges of the lanes—the hundreds of individual birds merging and blending, in a mounting excitement, into swarms, and these swarms coming loosely and untidily together to create a great, unorganized flock, thick at the …

The Lost City of Z (2009, Doubleday) 4 stars

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, New Yorker writer David Grann set out …

The Lost City of Z

4 stars

1) "Fawcett had determined that an ancient, highly cultured people still existed in the Brazilian Amazon and that their civilization was so old and sophisticated it would forever alter the Western view of the Americas. He had christened this lost world the City of Z. 'The central place I call 'Z'–our main objective–is in a valley... about ten miles wide, and the city is on an eminence in the middle of it, approached by a barreled roadway of stone,' Fawcett had stated earlier. 'The houses are low and windowless, and there is a pyramidal temple.'"

2) "From its source, the river descends sharply. As it gathers speed, it is joined by hundreds of other rivulets, most of them so small they remain nameless. Seven thousand feet down, the water enters a valley with the first glimmers of green. Soon larger streams converge upon it. Churning toward the plains below, the …

Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me (paperback, 2020, The Experiment) 3 stars

Please Fix

3 stars

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