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A House for Mr Biswas

A House for Mr Biswas

2003 ·
·3.82·14,183 Ratings ·623 Pages
“ Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place. ” ― Rumi
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    ·3.77·12,273 Ratings
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    ·3.57·407 Ratings
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    ·3.82·196 Ratings
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