Sunday, July 15, 2012

John Green "Looking for Alaska"

See on raamat, mis algab nagu üks tüüpiline teismeliste armastuslugu - imelik, sõpradeta ja veidra talendiga Miles läheb õppima internaatkooli, kus tema elu täiesti muutub. Ta saab esimest korda endale sõbrad ja tutvub omapärase, targa ja imeilusa Alaskaga, kellesse on raske mitte armuda. Kuid see lugu ei lõppe nagu armastuslugu võiks - toimub kohutav õnnetus ja see jätab sõbrad vaid mõtetega, milles tegelikult seisneb elu ja armastamise väärtus. Ma olen lugenud küllaga (no ikka väga palju!) selliseid teismeliste high-school-first-love raamatuid, kuid iga raamat ei mõjuta mu mõtteid ja tuju nii palju, nagu see. Mõne loo üle peab lihtsalt järele mõtlema - see on üks neist. Mõnes mõttes kerge naerutav lugemine, mõnes mõttes väga sügava tähendusega raamat.

  • Because you simply cannot draw these things out forever. At some point, you just pull off the Band-aid and it hurts, but then it's over and you're relieved. - lk 13
  • You spend you're whole life stuck in a labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present. - lk 68
  • Sometimes you lose the battle. But mischief always wins the war. - lk 71
  •  It's stupid to miss someone you didn't even get along with. But it was nice having someone you could always fight with. - lk 83
  • So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane. - lk 109
  • Luck is for suckers. - lk 138
  • There comes a time when we realise that our parents cannot save themselves or save us, that everyone who wades through time eventually gets dragged out to sea by the undertow - that, in short, we are all going. - lk 146
  • You can't burn down a made-up place. - lk 208
  • Last words are always harder to remember when no one knows that somebody's about to die. - lk 223
  • Everything that comes together falls apart. - 233
  • When you stopped wishing things wouldn't fall apart, you'd stop suffering when they did. - lk 233
  • If only we could see the endless string of consequenses that result from our smallest actions. But we can't know better until knowing better is useless. - lk 259
  • Those awful things are survivable, because we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be. [...] We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. [...] But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail. - lk 262

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