*The links are to Amazon. The Washington Post review is kind of awesome. :)
So here it is. The background is that one of the main characters is finding, after living a largely uneventful life, that the intrigue he's involved in is just a little too much like a thrilling movie. And that watching movie plots is a lot easier than living them. His more daring brother is the first speaker.
"Whereas now," he continued, undismayed, "you're living the life of a man, every moment rich with import, with danger and excitement. A Shakespearean life, you could say... Would you want Hamlet to back to college and join a frat? Get drunk and party and get a B minus in Scholasticism 101?"
"Doesn't he get killed at the end of the play?"
"He does, but don't we all? The choice is only how we live in the previous five acts."