Category: "Books: Excerpt"

December 16th, 2008
F. Scott Fitzgerald - This Side of Paradise - 195"Life is too huge and complex. The world is so overgrown that it can't lift its own fingers, and I was planning to be such an important finger --"

December 5th, 2008
John Irving - The World According to Garp - 76"And any place can be artistic," Garp later wrote, "if there's an artist working there."

November 7th, 2008
Neil Gaiman - American Gods - 405Shadow had noticed that you only ever catch one episode of shows you don't watch, over and over, years apart; he thought it must be some kind of cosmic law.

October 20th, 2008
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child - The Cabinet of Curiosities - 66Pendergast turned his pale eyes on her. "My methods are unothodox, but they have one advantage."
"And what is that?"
"They work."

October 13th, 2008
Robin Hobb - Assassin's Apprentice - 173The sea was cold, the night was black, and if I'd had any sense, I'd have wished myself elsewhere, but there is something in a boy that takes the mundanely difficult and unpleasant and turns it into a personal challenge and an adventure.

September 26th, 2008
John Irving - The World According to Garp - 5That must be how families are, thought Jenny Fields. She felt if she ever had children she would love them no less when they were twenty than when they were two; they might need you more at twenty, she thought. What do you really need when you're two? In the hospital, the babies were the easiest patients. The older they got, the more they needed; and the less anyone wanted or loved them.

September 19th, 2008
Robin Hobb - Assassin's Apprentice - 108"It doesn't have to be that bad," Chade said quietly. "Most prisons are of our own making. A man makes his own freedom, too."

September 11th, 2008
John Irving - The World According to Garp - 132As for Jenny, she felt only that women -- just like men -- should at least be able to make conscious decisions about the course of their lives; if that made her a feminist, she said, then she guess she was one.

September 8th, 2008
Per Petterson - Out Stealing Horses - 7In less than two months' time this millennium will be finished. There will be festivities and fireworks in the parish I am part of. I shall not go near any of that. I will stay at home with Lyra, perhaps go for a walk down to the lake to see if the ice will carry my weight. I am guessing minus ten and moonlight, and then I will stoke the fire, put a record on the old gramophone with Billie Holiday's voice almost like a whisper, like when I heard her in the Oslo Colosseum some time in the 50s, almost burned out, yet magic, and then fittingly get drunk on a bottle I have standing by in the cupboard. When the record ends I will go to bed and sleep as heavily as it is possible to sleep without being dead, and awake to a new millennium and not let it mean a thing. I am looking forward to that.

September 2nd, 2008
Robin Hobb - Assassin's Apprentice - 384... I treated them all with great courtesy and later wondered if that might not be the secret of the harmonious household, that all servants or royalty, be treated with the same courtesy.