By Robert Seethaler
Andreas lives his entire lifestyles within the Austrian Alps, the place he arrives as a tender boy taken in through a farming relations. he's a guy of only a few phrases and so, while he falls in love with Marie, he doesn't ask for her hand in marriage, yet as an alternative has a few of his neighbors mild her identify at nightfall around the mountain. while Marie dies in an avalanche, pregnant with their first baby, Andreas' center is damaged. He leaves his valley only once extra, to struggle in WWII ― the place he's taken prisoner within the Caucasus ― and returns to discover that modernity has reached his distant haven . . .
Like John Williams' Stoner or Denis Johnson's educate goals, a complete lifestyles is a young booklet approximately discovering dignity and sweetness in solitude. a wonderful novel a few uncomplicated lifestyles, it has already established its energy to maneuver hundreds of thousands of readers with a message of solace and fact. It appears on the moments, mammoth and small, that make us what we're.
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Oh, it’s too funny to tell you, she said. It’s too funny for words. It’s so funny veins would pop in our brains and like that we’d become vegetables. We’d never stop laughing again. He took a breath then; she turned to look at him, startled, and here he was, hovering over her, his bony head blotting out the lights—suddenly she realized what he thought was going on, oh God—here he was pressing his face against hers. Stubble on his lips like pimentos in a salad. Sour saliva and rough and clumsy and all a waste of her time.
A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler