The Naked and the Dead and Reine Claude Plums

“Still he could see a time when these years he was living now would seem different, when he could laugh at the men he’d known in the platoon and remember the way the jungle and the hills sometimes looked in the dawn. He might even want the kind of tension there was in stalking a man. It was stupid. He hated this. He hated it more than anything he had ever done and yet if he lived he knew that in the end he might turn mellow. The magnifying glass on the gold grains.” – The Naked and the Dead

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I Love Dick and a Pomegranate

“I’ve fused my silence and repression with the entire female gender’s silence and repression. I think the sheer fact of women talking, being, paradoxical, inexplicable, flip, self-destructive but above all else public is the most revolutionary thing in the world.” – I Love Dick

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The Collected Stories of Tennessee Williams and Poached Eggs

“It is like the act of love, he thought again. You try to make it last longer. Draw out the sweet final moment. But it can’t be held at that point. It has to go over and down, it has to be finished. And then you feel cheated somehow.” – ‘Gift of an Apple’

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To Kill A Mocking Bird and Apple and Blackberry Jam

“I wanted to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” – To Kill a Mockingbird

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The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye and Porridge

 

“There is always an old woman ahead of you on a journey, and there is always an old woman behind you too, and they are not always the same, and may be fearful or kindly, dangerous or delightful, as the road shifts and you speed along it.” – ‘The Eldest Princess’

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