A Month of Sundays

Updike, John

Knopf, 1975

p. 38

The narrator says that he had trouble forgiving God for “the pain of infants, the inexorability of disease, the wantonness of fortune, the billions of fossilized deaths, the helplessness of the young, the idiocy of the old, the craftsmanship of torturers, the authority of blunderers, the savagery of accident, the unbreathability of water, and all the other repulsive flecks on the face of creation.”