‘He can almost see the clearing in the forest where they took her that morning. They slipped her into the ground within three hours, so she lived the briefest death on the earth, as if earth were a boat that forced a quick embarkation. They had brought her back to the landscape she was most fond of. It was about five in the morning, and the bird life was wild around them, as if it was his mother’s leaving.’

– Michael Ondaatje, Divisadero

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