Friday, October 14, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Well, I think there has to be something like reincarnation. Or maybe I should say I’m scared to think there isn’t. I can’t understand nothingness. I can’t understand it and I can’t imagine it."

"Nothingness means there’s absolutely nothing, so maybe there’s no need to understand or imagine it."

"Yea, but what if nothingness is not like that? What if it’s not the kind of thing that demands that you understand it or imagine it? I mean, you don’t know what it’s like to die, Mari. Maybe a person really has to die to understand what it's like."

- Haruki Murakami, After Dark, p. 157


Joel said...

I really liked After Dark. I can't quite say it's "under-rated", because I haven't read any bad reviews of it. Rather, I'd just say that it hasn't gotten the attention it deserves.

gibsonmeigs said...

I think you put it well. My memory of the book was that it was a "minor" book, but my second reading really revealed how good it really is if you're paying attention. I'm actually in the process of writing up some more thoughts on it that I hope to have up shortly.