A Disorder of Excessive Life

I came across an interesting phrase today, as I was reading through George Steiner’s book The Portage to San Cristóbal of A.H. It’s been a terribly interesting novel so far, due as much to the author’s unique way of using words as to the controversial nature of the subject matter (for a good article summarizing Steiner’s writing style and flair for controversy, read this).

The phrase in question comes from the inner monologue of one of the characters as he is remembering his deceased wife. In his mind, he describes her as having died from “a disorder of excessive life”. It struck me that that might not be the worst way to be remembered.

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