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How do I know what you should do? You'll do what you think you want to do, or what you think you ought to do. If you're very lucky, luckier than anybody I know, the two will coincide. »Angle of Repose« ist ein Western der besonderen Art. Aus der Perspektive von Lyman Ward, einem älteren, invaliden Geschichtsprofessor, erzählt der Roman…

»I think you knew my father?« A pause. »What was his name?« »Lewis Weinberger.« Another brief pause, an intake of breath. »I did,« Lee Driver says. »I understand that you saw him the day before he died?« I ask. »I was living in the same house,« Lee says. »I had to clean up the mess.« The intake of breath, this…

I'll tell you what I long for, the days of disarray, when I didn't give a damn or a fuck or a farthing. ... I long for the days of disorder. I want them back, the days when I was alive on the earth, rippling in the quick of my skin, heedless and real. I was dumb-muscled and angry and…

Loose strands of ambercolored kelp lay in a rubbery wrack at the tideline. A dead seal. Beyond the inner bay part of a reef in a thin line like something foundered there on which the sea was teething. He squatted in the sand and watched the sun on the hammered face of the water. Out there island clouds emplaned upon…

But I ain't so sho that ere a man has the right to say what is crazy and what ain't. It's like there was a fellow in every man that's done a-past the sanity or the insanity, that watches the sane and the insane doings of that man with the same horror and the same astonishment. Es ist eine Geschichte,…

I am not from a background where people talk about problems in their relationships. If someone does or says something that upsets you, you don't say so. Maybe it's another Presbyterian thing; if the Eleventh Commandment is Thou Shalt Not Emote, the Twelfth is Thou Shalt Not Admit to Being Upset, and when it becomes evident to the whole world…

I'm not »enough«, not good enough or wise enough or strong enough. They reverence what I'm supposed to be, but me ... the me that is here, now, talking to you - they don't even see. If I do something that makes them notice me - like have a seizure, or fail - then they're embarrassed, and they try to…

The thought came into his mind - not drifting gently in but appearing suddenly, fully formed, like a cold hard round little pebble - that Jake hated him. The thought had never occurred to him before but suddenly, there it was. Though he couldn't imagine a reason. Surely he was the one who should have done the hating. Jake ist…

All great artists know that part of their task is to light up the distance between two human beings. Chanda, die von ihren Brüdern brutal ermordet wird, weil sie unverheiratet mit ihrem Liebhaber zusammenlebt, obwohl einer ihrer Brüder selbst ein außereheliches Verhältnis hat. Ihre Schwägerin, die ihr sechstes Kind abtreiben lässt, weil es wieder nur ein Mädchen ist und kein…

In this house there's no fooling yourself that being different could be like it is in the movies. In the movies, no matter what kind of shit you're taking from people up on the screen, there's always the audience that knows the truth about you, is hoping for you, even admires you. There's no audience in this house. In this…

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