The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera – Quotes

In those first weeks it was decided between Karel and Marketa that Karel would be unfaithful and Marketa would submit, but that Marketa would have the privilege of being the better one in the couple and Karel would always feel guilty. No one knew better than Marketa how depressing it was to be better. The …

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Spain – Jan Morris – Quotes

Quite a lot of quotes this time, especially for such a short book, but they show how vivid and multi-faceted picture of Spain Morris paints. The only properly modern big cities in Spain - cities, that is to say, comparable to the metropoles of industrial West - are Barcelona and Bilbao: the one a rip-roaring, …

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Wish You Were Here: England on Sea – Travis Elborough – Quotes

So an entire coastal gastronomic tradition, it could be argued, stems from that once widespread English trait, unadventurous eating. George Orwell once wrote that it was usually in the most blissful circumstances - Sunday afternoons on the sofa, a belly full of roast dinner with a pipe of shag on the go - that the …

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Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria – Kapka Kassabova – Quotes

And now our Rorschach blur spills into the building of the world's worst-named airport, Vrajdebna. It means 'hostile'. At around that point, I began to suspect that something was wrong with us, or with where we lived. It was the mud. I watched my mother wash the pram from top to bottom every time we …

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The Solace of Open Spaces – Gretel Ehrlich – Quotes

Space represents sanity, not a life purified, dull, or "spaced out" but one that might accommodate intelligently any idea of situation. From the clayey soil of northern Wyoming is mined bentonite, which is used as a filler in candy, gum, and lipstick. We Americans are great on fillers, as if what we have, what we …

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