Posts tagged Lit.

The man spoke, and all the others listened with interest, and their bare genitals stared stupidly and sadly at the yellow sand.

    — Milan Kundera, from “The Border” in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, trans. by Aaron Asher

'Remember,' Ruth is saying, 'whose girl you are.'

    — Sarah Waters, from Affinity

Posted by adrateia

There will be outrage and disgust and people will turn on me at the last, they will hate me, my reputation will forever be destroyed, my punishment earned, self-inflicted like this gunshot wound, and the world will finally know that I was the greatest feather man of them all.

    —  John Boyne, from The Absolutist

Posted by theanfieldrap

[‘This is not a good way to start,’ Ailinn said, ‘with anger between us.’]
‘On the contrary,’ Esme said, ‘this is the best possible way to start.’

    — Howard Jacobson, from J: A Novel

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I wasn’t certain of anything, but I had a job to do.

    — Lemony Snicket, from When Did You See Her Last?

Posted by uchinaguchi

And I have by me, for my comfort, two strange white flowers— shriveled now, and brown and flat and brittle— to witness that even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of man.


H.G. Wells, from The Time Machine

Posted by laurbear1990