Bury your Dead
A Chief Inspector Gamache NovelLarge Print - 2010
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“Feelings. As much as people tried to rationalize, tried to justify, tried to explain, eventually everything came down to feelings.” - p. 228
“To commit something to memory was to know it by heart. Memories were kept in the heart, not the head. At least, that’s where the English kept their memories.” - p. 177
“…the four sentences that lead to wisdom… I’m sorry. I was wrong. I need help. I don’t know.” - p. 170
“In winter the very ground seemed to reach up and grab the elderly, yanking them to earth as though hungry for them. Shattering a hip or wrist, or neck. Best to take it slow.” - p. 141
“Normally Gamache concentrated on people’s eyes, but was aware of their entire body. Clues came coded, and how people communicated was one of them. Their words were often the least informative. The vilest, bitterest, nastiest people often said nice things. But there was the sugar the words rode in on, or the little wink, or the insincere smile. Or the tense arm wrapped round the tense chest or legs, or the fingers intertwined tightly, white knuckled.” - p. 125
“I sometimes think we’re a rowboat society.”
“A rowboat. It’s why we do things like that… It’s why Québec is so perfectly preserved. It’s why we’re all so fascinated with history. We’re in a rowboat. We move forward, but we’re always looking back.” - p. 108
Control your thoughts and you can control your emotions.
<Ch5>...before computers, before information was "Googled" and "blogged." Before laptops and Blackberries and…tools that mistook information for knowledge… <Ch7>...skeletons...inside the stone walls...Quebec…built on bones and irony, the invading soldiers…part of the city's defenses. <Ch9>…Gamache saw…His history, flowing by...we're…fascinated with history. We're in a rowboat. We move forward, but we're always looking back. <Ch10>...Notre-Dame Basilica…wed, christened, chastised, guided and buried the highest officials and the lowest beggars. <Ch13>I've been a separatist all my life...Doesn't mean I don't love Canada. I do. Who couldn't love a country that allows such diversity of thought, of expression? But I want my own country. <Ch13>… an interesting English expression...To commit something to memory was to know it by heart. Memories were kept in the heart, not the head. At least, that's where the English kept their memories. <Ch23>Things are strongest when they're broken…
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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and some of the rest of his team are on leave and recovering from mental and physical wounds suffered in a previous operation. In the meantime, he is helping unofficially in an investigation that seems to revolve around the unknown burial place of Samuel de Champlain - apparently a spiritual icon for Quebec. Of course the story is politically correct but it is not entirely unbalanced. As usual with this author (and I like this), an emphasis is placed on the human condition. Don't worry Gamache fans, Three Pines and winter in Quebec are also featured in this story.
I liked it.
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