Category Archives: Quotes

Josephine Hart – Damage

I had never heard of this novel until I read about it on dovegreyreader’s blog here. She made it sound great so I added it to my little notebook of books to look out for. A week later I ran … Continue reading

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Thornton Wilder – The Bridge of San Luis Rey

‘The Bridge of San Luis Rey’ was published in 1927. It was Wilder’s second novel and it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928. Set in Lima, Peru, in the year 1714, the novel starts with the collapse of an ancient … Continue reading

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Virginia Woolf – Jacob’s Room

Published in 1922, ‘Jacob’s Room’ (JR) is Virginia Woolf’s third novel. Her first two novels had a more conventional form, but JR is a modernist novel. According to a quote from Woolf’s diary, mentioned in the introduction, JR is the … Continue reading

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Winifred Holtby – South Riding

The world is what we make it, she would preach; take what you want. Take it – and pay for it. This is the motto of Sarah Burton, one of the main characters of Winifred Holtby’s 1936 novel ‘South Riding’. … Continue reading

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Anne Tyler – Back When We Were Grownups

I had never heard of Anne Tyler, until she was mentioned on Episode 14 of ‘The Readers’ podcast, since she has a new book coming out in 2012. A couple of days after listening to the podcast I found two … Continue reading

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Monday Musings – Inspiration

‘One always has a better book in one’s mind than one can manage to get onto paper.’ From: ‘The Hours’, by Michael Cunningham This is a line from the thoughts of the character Virginia Woolf who is writing ‘Mrs Dalloway’ … Continue reading

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Monday Musings – Inspiration

‘The vestibule door opens onto a June morning so fine and scrubbed Clarissa pauses at the threshold as she would at the edge of a pool, watching the turquoise water lapping at the tiles, the liquid nets of sun wavering … Continue reading

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