“You know the story of the man who wakes up and finds he’s turned into a beetle?
I’m the beetle who woke up and saw the possibility of being a man.”
This is an extract from the novel ‘Talking It Over’ by Julian Barnes – it comes at a moment in the book when one of the protagonists is describing how it felt to fall in love with his best friend’s wife. What a naughty beetle.
It is, without a doubt, my favourite quotation in the whole world.
I feel like that beetle every day of my life.