I'll Be Right There
A NovelBook - 2013
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lilacviolette Feb 11, 2018
A poignant examination of the enduring legacy of grief and loss. Kyung-Sook Shin's work is always beautiful and lyrically written and this is no different. This book feels like a continuation of "The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness", even though it features different characters. Highly recom... Read More »
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Whenever I refer to a certain time as 'long ago', I feel like I am walking somewhere. Maybe those things that we realize only after so much time has passed that we can describe them as 'long ago' are what we are made of.
Writers who died before the age of thirty-three...I savored the words in my head.
"You're probably now wondering why thirty-three. That's the age at which Jesus was crucified and Alexander the Great created his empire and died. After thirty-three, you can't really say you're young anymore. And don't we say that someone has died young when they die before the age of thirty-three? For artists, an early death is sometimes an honor."
Life demands sacrifice & difficult decisions from us at every moment. Living does not mean passing through a void of nothingness but rather through a web of relationships among beings, each with their own weight & volume & texture. Insofar as everything is always changing, so our sense of hope shall never die out. Therefore, I leave you all with one final thought: Live. Until you are down to your final breath, love & fight & rage & grieve & live.
Do not grieve for me. All things must come to an end--youth, pain, passion, emptiness, war, violence. Do the flowers not bloom and fade? Just as I came into being so must I pass out of existence. Look up to the sky. That's where the stars are. They are always shining there, whether we are gazing up at them, and whether we forget, and long after we die.
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