Moon Palace

Moon Palace
Moon Palace(Paul Auster/Faber and Faber)

You’re a good boy, and you’ll always be with me, no matter where I am. For the time being, we move off in opposite directions. But sooner or later we’ll meet again, I’m sure of it. Everything works out in the end, you see, everything connects.(p.13)
‘Who’s that?’ I said, pretending I didn’t know.
‘It’s the Dragon Lady,’ Kitty said. ‘She’s coming to get you.’
I took hold of her hands, trying not to tremble as I felt the smoothness of her skin. ‘I think she’s got me already,’ I said.
There was a slight pause, and then Kitty tightened her grip around my waist. ‘You do like me a little bit, don’t you?’
‘More than a little bit. You know that. A lot more than a little bit.'(p.91)
‘I’m talking about freedom, Fogg. A sense of despair that becomes so great, so crushing, so catastrophic, that you have no choice but to be liberated by it. That’s the only choice, or else you crawl into a corner and die.Tesla gave me my death, and at that moment I knew that I was going to become a painter.(p.142)
Strangely enough, he said, this news came almost as a relief. He had been punished, and because the punishment was a terrible one, he was no longer obligated to punish himself. His crime had been paid for, and suddenly he was empty again.(p.183)
‘It’s remarkable, isn’t it?’ he shouted at me through the noise.
‘It smells like rain. It sounds like rain. It even tastes like rain. And yet we’re perfectly dry. It’s mind over matter, Fogg. We’ve finally done it! We’ve cracked the srcret of the universe!'(p.208)
It was all a matter of missed connections, bad timing, blundering in the dark. We were always in the right place at the wrong time, the wrong place at the right time, always just missing each other, always just a few inches from figuring the whole thing out. That’s what the story boils down to, I think. A series of lost chances. All the pieces were there from the beginning, but no one knew how to put them together.(p.243)