Book Monster

Conquering literature one book at a time
(to say nothing of the movies)

He was no lover in a worldly sense; the only love he knew was that of divine understanding, of taking a whole life into its depths as if they were his own. From this, the greatest pain, the greatest happiness is born: the hope that we too will one day be understood, strangers will accept our words, our lives, as if they were their own.

Dezső KosztolányiSkylark

Breaking Bad: Seasons 2-5 (2009-2013/Vince Gilligan)

Breaking Bad: Season 1 (2008/Vince Gilligan)

Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.

James BaldwinGiovanni’s Room

226. The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin (+)
227. Reasons of State by Alejo Carpentier (+)
228. Under Fire by Henri Barbusse
229. The House of Ulloa by Emilia Pardo Bazán
230. The World as Will and Representation, Vol. 2 by Arthur Schopenhauer (+)
231. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin (+)
232. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

In endless space countless luminous spheres, round each of which some dozen smaller illuminated ones revolve, hot at the core and covered over with a hard cold crust; on this crust a mouldy film has produced living and knowing beings: this is empirical truth, the real, the world. Yet for a being who thinks, it is a precarious position to stand on one of those numberless spheres freely floating in boundless space, without knowing whence or whither, and to be only one of innumerable similar beings that throng, press, and toil, restlessly and rapidly arising and passing away in beginningless and endless time.

Arthur SchopenhauerThe World as Will and Representation, Vol. 2

Whatever torch we kindle, and whatever space it may illuminate, our horizon will always remain encircled by the depth of night.

Arthur SchopenhauerThe World as Will and Representation, Vol. 2