his brain was becoming economical with time


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This is an extract from the novel A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson.

Before the last bout of pneumonia, when he’d still been able to see large-print books, she discovered that he’d been reading the first chapter of Barchester Towers over and over again, looping round and coming to it fresh each time. Perhaps his brain was becoming economical with time, conserving what little was left as it approached its last days. But time was an artificial construct, wasn’t it? Zeno’s arrow staggering and stuttering its way to some fictional end point in the future.

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