we live on

I finished reading Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts last night. It chronicles a host of stranger-than-fiction adventures that illustrate truth’s, often cheeky, improbability: unlike fiction it isn’t obliged to stick to possibilities. Roberts has a wonderful feeling for language and although I found some of his descriptions a little too romantic for my liking  the book ends beautifully:

“For this is what we do. Put one foot forward and then the other. Lift our eyes to the snarl and smile of the world once more. Think. Act. Feel. Add our little consequence to the tides of good and evil that flood and drain the world. Drag our shadowed crosses into the hope of another night. Push our brave hearts into the promise of a new day. With love: the passionate search for a truth other than our own. With longing: the pure, ineffable yearning to be saved. For so long as fate keeps waiting, we live on. God help us. We live on.”

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