After this there were hours of congratulation and drinking and so many
people around our table I didn't have to talk much. I could think about
the past and what I'd been through as I'd struggled to locate myself
and learn what the heart is. Perhaps in the future I would live more
And so I sat in the centre of this old city that I loved, which itself
sat at the bottom of a tiny island. I was surrounded by people I loved
and I felt happy and miserable at the same time. I thought of what a
mess everything had been, but that it wouldn't always be that way.
Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia, 1990
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