Life is Irreducible

“When one of his children died, it is said, he was so distraught with grief that he refused to leave his house for almost a year.   The point being that, in the end, life is irreducible to anything other than itself.  Which is as much as to say: lives make no sense.”

From ‘The Locked Room’ by Paul Auster.  Found in ‘The New York Trilogy’ (1987) collection.