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"...when the possibility of endless fear and confusion is still muted and tamped down..."

From Ben Tanzer's forthcoming novel, Orphans:
"You will soon be asleep," the voice continues, making love to me and wrapping me in warmth and joy.

Sedatives are wonderful, but this is about more than sleep, it's also about nourishment and replenishment, and drugs alone can't guarantee that, hence the voice.

The voice is female, the voice of the lover, the wife, the object of desire, affection and need, and ultimately the mother, everyone's mother who ever lived. The first voice you hear upon entering the world, a time when everything is possible, when love is pure, and when the possibility of endless fear and confusion is still muted and tamped down, because at that moment, and at this moment, it doesn't have to be that way.

"Close your eyes. Think good things, happy things," the voice says.
I'm halfway through my second reading of the book, and mentally formulating a formal review. Very good read. Plenty to think about.

October 18, 2013 in Books | Permalink

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