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EUROPEAN CYNICISM or VERY SCARY TRUTH?? – “Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel” – Gary Shteyngart

December 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · Love, Philosophy

On page eight, I read a part I had underlined as a moody, unlaid teenager. “What happens but once … might as well not have happened at all. If we have only one life to live, we might as well not have lived at all.” Next to this I had written in shaded block letters: “EUROPEAN CYNICISM or VERY SCARY TRUTH???”

I re-read the lines again, slowly, with emphasis, directly into Eunice’s pert, wax-free ear, and as I did so I wondered if perhaps it was this book that had launched my search for immortality. Joshie himself had once said to a very important client, “Eternal life is the only life that matters. All else is just a moth circling the light.” He had not noticed my standing by the door to his office. I returned to my cubicle in tears, feeling abandoned to nothingness, moth-like, yet stunned by Joshie’s unusual lyricism.

Lenny reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being to Eunice


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