Wednesday, 27 December 2017
Tuesday, 26 December 2017
"The last time I went into the Zone at night was three months ago, the swag is mostly gone, and the money is mostly spent."
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
"By pleasuring the body Maurice had confirmed - that very word was used in the final verdict - he had confirmed his spirit in its perversion, and cut himself off from the congregation of normal man"
Monday, 18 December 2017
"Outside of the Red Cross, they were like children in a candy store, faces pressed to the front pane of the window."
"She sat in his arm-chair twisting the ring on her marriage finger. Rollo's emerald, unearthed from the back of the drawer... to look a person of consequence."
"As yet, I had absolutely no knowledge of the uses of the different organs of my sex"
Sunday, 10 December 2017
“Tell Max that it concerns the Sandman. Tell him I have two proofs and can bring them with me.”
5 out of 5 spies can not be trusted.
Friday, 8 December 2017
“Remarkable how the nursery caught the telepathic emanations of the children’s minds and created life to fill their every desire. The children thought lions, and there were lions. The children thought zebras, and there were zebras. Sun—sun. Giraffes—giraffes. Death and death.”
"People stare at their drinks, swirl their glasses of wine and peck distractedly at their little bowls of nuts and pretzels."
Saturday, 2 December 2017
"She'd married John because he was rich and because she felt he'd make few demands on her".
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
"Today our world seems peculiarly susceptible to brutality."
"I have been able to recognise in myself after a year;s sojourn the inertia which as a tourist I condemned so harshly in other people".Indeed, perhaps my disconnection from the text is an aversion to my own gauche behaviour as a tourist. Now, upon reflection, my initial view of the novel is elevated and perhaps I initially judged it too harshly. Discussions of the novel are doubtlessly full of commentary about the language and racism which are part and parcel of the time in which it was written, and sadly still prevail often today. The novel is also in some ways a rite of passage, a young naive man goes to remote Africa to discover a broader world view. That is perhaps the reason we all travel - to broaden our horizon and , as the title suggests, a trip without the benefit of coded directions is being truly adrift in the world. There are a surfeit of descriptions of topless native women in this novel and a real sexualisation that adds a further barrier to my enjoyment, and yet reflects the social norms of the day. I finished this novel on a rivercat from Olympic Park to Barangaroo on a beautiful Sydney sunny day - that was the journey it accompanied me on.
3 out of 5 Facebook posts can't compete with the old slide night.
Tuesday, 28 November 2017
4 out of 5 times I think to myself I need to learn some practical life skills in case we ever lose Google.
Monday, 20 November 2017
"In any case, that's when it started, Mariko's obsession with that woman."
“What profound silence! Not a single bird-note was heard in the sky over this grave in the hollow of the mountains. Only a lonely light lingered on the cedars and mountains.”
I really loved the way each character vented their own, different perspective. It makes for a fantastic read. My only quibble and the reason for deducting one point, is that there wasn't more of it. Proof positive that 14 pages can still pack a punch. I mean there's rape, murder, violence and intrigue and who knows the truth? One gets closer to it with each step.
Saturday, 11 November 2017
"How many years have passed since that far-off June afternoon? More than thirty."
Thursday, 9 November 2017
"Nicky are you there? Alamak this is getting ridiculous."
"He was horrified , sickened, that he could enjoy being overwhelmed, like one of those cripples in his brother's magazines."
I dread to say it and yet the brevity of the stories seemed like they were....pullling out of the station before the last stop shall we say? I guess you could say they are a bit of a tease - they stop just when things are getting interesting. Perhaps that's why I didn't give this a five. I think the first story, Pornography, is brilliant and rather a good advertisement for condoms, particularly if your paramours number in the greater than one bracket.
4 out of 5 kinks in the page.