Reading: The Cuckoo’s Calling

“Through all these mundane acts, he felt as though he was accompanied by the specter that had haunted him during his months in hospital. It lurked in the corners of his shabby office; he could hear it whispering to him whenever his attention on the task in had grew slack. It urged him to consider how far he had fallen; his age; his penury; his shattered love life; his homelessness. […] But he had a job, he kept reminding himself; a paid job. Arsenal beat Spurs, and Strike was cheered; he turned off the television and, defying the specter, moved straight to his desk and resumed work.”

–pp. 106-107

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