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"Only those who still have hope can benefit from tears. When they finish, they feel better. But to those without hope, whose anguish is basic and permanent, no good comes from crying. Nothing changes for them. They usually know this, but still can’t help crying."
—from The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
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“‘I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding as hard as they can, but in the end it’s just too much. The current’s too strong. They’ve got to let go, drift apart. That’s how I think it is with us. It’s a shame, Kath, because we’ve loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can’t stay together forever.’”
—from Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
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"The sister played so beautifully. Her face was tilted to one side and she followed the notes with soulful and probing eyes. Gregor advanced a little, keeping his eyes low so that they might possibly meet hers. Was he a beast if music could move him so?"
—from Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
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"Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals."
—by Theodor W Adorno
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"The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly."
—from The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
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THE BONE CLOCKS
by David Mitchell
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014
One drowsy summer’s day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for ‘asylum’. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking…
The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly’s life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland’s Atlantic coast as Europe’s oil supply dries up - a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air and brief lapses in the laws of reality. For Holly Sykes - daughter, sister, mother, guardian - is also an unwitting player in a murderous feud played out in the shadows and margins of our world, and may prove to be its decisive weapon.
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by Haresh Sharma
Off Centre is The Necessary Stage’s landmark play in the history of Singapore Theatre. It is best remembered for bringing mental illness and its patients’ plight to the attention of the media and the public.
The play uses effective techniques of flashbacks; moving the characters in and out of their schizophrenic and normal selves to elicit the rational and emotional experiences of two schizophrenics, Vinod and Saloma.
Off Centre was first staged in September 1993 at The Drama Centre.
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"The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh."
—from Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett