"Invade and deceit, the truth is obsolete, only two positions, victimizer or victim, both end up in destruction, trusting this stupid system" - Lauryn Hill, Mystery of Iniquity (Unplugged 2.0)
I picked up Alice Sebold's Lovely Bones at 12:38am last night (this morning) and closed it at 6:38am having not slept a wink, having only taken a short break when my eyes got tired, having finished an exceptional journey through the lives of a family and a small circle of friends as they lived after the murder of a young girl. As seen through that dead girl's eyes.
The first few chapters felt like the premiere episode of an exceptional television show. Honestly, I reacted the same way that I did when I saw the first episode of Twin Peaks so many years ago. I was anxious for the next chapter, the next episode in these lives. It begins like it's a murder mystery but really it's about the people and about life and death and the struggles that come when the two meet. Susie Salmon's perspective on the yin and yang of our existence perfectly shows the duality of simply being. The joy and anguish. The heartbreak and romance. The fantastic and the horrific.
It's the best book I've read in a very long time. I recommend it to all but particularly to people like me. Those that are afraid of death, confused about life and sometimes overwhelmed by what the future holds and what the past has brought upon us.