By Tony Hawks
'If you needed to decide belongings you sought after -- when you needed to -- what may you pick?' I hesitated. This used to be an even bigger query than frequently received requested at those post-match debriefs. 'I believe the sincere solution may be,' I stated, nonetheless gaining access to the final items of required facts from a jumbled brain, 'meeting my soul mate, and discovering an idyllic condo overseas somewhere.' encouraged by means of breathtaking perspectives and romantic desires of discovering love within the mountains, Tony Hawks rapidly buys a home within the French Pyrenees. right here, he plans to eventually fulfil his youth fable of getting to know the piano, untroubled by means of the issues of the realm. in truth, the chaotic tale of Tony's hopelessly ill-conceived apartment buy reads just like the definitive advisor to how to not purchase a home out of the country. It reveals him flirting with the elimination company in a disastrous try and delivery his piano to France in a dodgy white van; foolishly electing to construct a swimming pool himself; and increasing his courting repertoire while he starts off co-habiting, now not with a gorgeous French attractiveness, yet with a middle-aged builder from West London. As Tony and his pals haplessly try to healthy into village existence, they study extra approximately themselves and every except they ever imagined.
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That hour like a breathing-space which returns as surely as his suffering, that is the hour of consciousness. At each of those moments when he leaves the heights and gradually sinks towards the lairs of the gods, he is superior to his fate. He is stronger than his rock. (Camus 2005 p. 117) Camus’ point is that Sisyphus is most conscious of the cruel and absurd nature of his punishment when he is descending down the mountain without the rock. When he is rolling the boulder up the mountain, Sisyphus is so immersed in the tremendous amount of effort and discipline that it takes to move the rock that he thinks very little about his fortune.
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