Sei storie – diverse nel tempo, nello spazio, nel linguaggio – si allineano una dopo l’altra, con tasselli che le accomunano attraverso il tempo (tasselli che non si colgono se non si dedica, a questo romanzo in sei tempi, una lettura continua e attenta). E, comunque, ogni storia è compiuta e funziona.
half-lives – the first luisa rey mistery (part 1)
pag. 95 […] puts me in mind of john f. kennedy’s observation about new york. Do you know it? “Most cities are nouns, but new york is a verb.”
the ghastly ordeal of timothy cavendish (part 1)
pag. 182 “Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty”. warlock-williams looked at me as if I had spoken in tongues. “Solzhenitsyn.”
the pacific journal of adam ewing (part 2)
pag. 496 […] Experience teaches us most vessels under so-called Christian flags bring us little but disease & drunkards. We must assume guilt until innocense is established.”
pag. 508 “What law would that be, sir?” “The first of Goose’s Two Laws of Survival”. “It runs thus, The Weak are Meat the Strong do Eat.”
pagg. 508-509 “Because, Preacher, of all the world races, our love – or rather our rapacity – for treasure, gold, spices & dominion, oh most of all, sweet dominion, is the keenest, the hungriest, the most unscrupolous! This rapacity, yes powers our Progress; for ends infernal or divine I know not. Nor do you know, sir. Nor do I overly care. I feel only gratitude that my Maker cast me on the winning side”
pag. 509 I asked to hear Goose’s Second Law of Survival. Henry grinned in the dark & cleared his throat, “The second law of survival states that there is no second law. Eat or be eaten.”
pag. 528 Scholars discern motions in history & formulate these motions into rules that govern the rises & falls of civilizations. My belief runs contrary, however. To wit: history admits no rules; only outcomes.