Wednesday, July 20, 2011

About the English

"People often say that the English are very cold fish, very reserved, that they have a way of looking at things – even tragedy – with a sense of irony. There’s some truth in it; it’s pretty stupid of them, though. Humor won’t save you; it doesn’t really do anything at all. You can look at life ironically for years, maybe decades; there are people who seem to go through most of their lives seeing the funny side, but in the end, life always breaks your heart."
Michel Houellebecq in The Elementary Particles.

I've already quoted him in the blog, but in Spanish. Since now more than ever I believe we share that sense of irony with the English, and this kind of unexpected similarities are the ones responsible for creating a very undefinable bond, I think it was fair to share Houellebecq's words in English. Right?

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