My favorite passage from The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Recently I finished reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I enjoyed reading it and especially the following passage. I can relate it to it in so many ways and Tartt was able to put into words what I am going through as well as what my thoughts are about this world. This passage is why I love reading books and someday the reason why I write, books or other things.

“But depression wasn’t the word. This was a plunging sorrow and revulsion far beyond the personal: a sick, drenching nausea at all humanity and human endeavor from the dawn of time. The writing loathsomeness of the biological disorder. Old age, sickness, death. No escape for anyone. Even the beautiful ones were like soft fruit about to spoil. And yet somehow people still kept fucking and breeding and popping out new fodder for the grave, producing more and more new beings to suffer like this was some kind of redemptive, or good, or even somehow morally admirable thing: dragging more innocent creatures into the lose-lose game. Squirming babies and plodding, complacent, hormone-drugged moms. Oh, isn’t he cute? Awww. Kids shouting and skidding in the playground with no idea what future Hells awaited them: boring jobs and ruinous mortgages and bad marriages and hair loss and hip replacements and lonely cups of coffee in an empty house and a colostomy bag at the hospital. Most people seemed satisfied with the thin decorative glaze and the artful stage lighting that, sometimes, made the bedrock atrocity of the human predicament look somewhat mysterious or less abhorrent. People gambled and golfed and planted gardens and traded stocks and had sex and bought new cars and practiced yoga and worked and prayed and redecorated their homes and got worked up over the news and fussed over their children and gossiped about their neighbors and poured over restaurant review and founded charitable organizations and supported political candidates and attended the U.S. Open and dined and travelled and distracted themselves with all kinds of gadgets and devices, flooding themselves incessantly with information and texts and communications and entertainment from every direction to try to make themselves forget it: where we were, what we were. It was rotten top to bottom. Putting your time in at the office; dutifully spawning your two point five; smiling politely at you retirement party; then chewing on your bedsheet and choking on your canned peaches at the nursing home. It was better never to have been born – never to have wanted anything, never to have hoped for anything.”

Page 476-477
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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