My 20th reading of this existential classic (I read it once a year). A story whose narrator rides waves of sorrow, dread, and sometimes joy. Ultimately empty, but with hope. Exploring and explaining a world that both makes sense to human probing, but denies it at the same time.
“My memories are like coins in the devil’s purse: when you open it you find only dead leaves.”
–JV, Spokane, WA
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