Sunday, August 12, 2012

Quote Sunday

Right now I'm reading The Shipping News by Anne Proulx. It was in that pile of books I got a month ago, and it's just a really good novel. I love those novels. Not especially famous or moving or life changing ones, but well-written, good story, excellent character novels. Most of the time, that's all I need.
Anyway, there's a part in there I like. It says:

We face up to awful things because we can't go around them, or forget them. The sooner you get over it, the sooner you can say 'Yes, it happened, and there's nothing I can do about it,' the sooner you can get on with your own life... Why we have to get over, somehow we do. Even the worst things.

So it's kinda callous, but I like it for the same reason I like "so it goes" in Slaughterhouse-Five and "you can get used to anything" in The Disappearance. There's something soothing about the human capacity to cope with the ugliest things. Something nice in knowing that, like Job, we can survive when our worlds crumble. It's never a promise that things won't hurt unbelievably much, rather a promise that the worst can be survived. And some part of me just loves that.

1 comment:

  1. I read this book shortly after she won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It is my favorite of her works. Maybe I'll have to go back and reread. And I hope you don't mind that religiously read your blog. Yours and Jeannie's. But now that she's soccering it up in college her posts are few and far between.