Think of these as segmented proofs, through the use of auxiliary lines, literary lines that is, as I try to absorb the colloidal suspension of literature: or how I balance my love of Anita Brookner with my complete and utter confusion with Gao Xingjian, and what difference does it make? I still think you should read both, although one means far more to me than the other. Just read them. Read others. Read on.
From Anita Brookner's The Bay of Angels:
Mr. Neville’s smile deepened.
He took a sip of his wine.
“I have come to understand them very well,” he replied.
Well done, thought Edith. That was a faultless performance.
“You are a good woman,” he said. “That is all too obvious.”
“How is that obvious?” she asked.
“Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything.”
From Gao Xingjian's Soul Mountain:
Although you were born in the city, grew up in cities and spent the larger part of your life in some huge urban metropolis, you can’t make that huge urban metropolis the hometown of your heart.