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Shame by Salman Rushdie
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Since my last visit to Karachi, my friend the poet had spent many months in jail, for social reasons. That is to say, he know somebody who was the wife of the second cousin by marriage of the step-uncle of somebody who might or might not have shared a flat with someone who was running guns to the guerrillas in Baluchistan. You can get anywhere in Pakistan if you know people, even into jail. (p. 21)

Gossip is like water. It probes the surfaces for their weak places, until it finds the breakthrough point; (p.43)

... he possessed enough energy to light up a street; that his manners were always impeccable - even when he became President, he met people with such an air of humility (which is not irreconcilable with pride) that very few were willing to speak ill of him afterwards, and those that did so would feel, as they spoke, as if they were betraying a friend; (p.62)

To unlock a society, look at its untranslatable words. (p. 104)

Men who deny their pasts become incapable of thinking them real. (p. 149)

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Joshua I like your practice of putting up your favorite lines.


Matt Joshua wrote: "I like your practice of putting up your favorite lines. "

Thanks yo. I think I need to start doing actual reviews as well.


Joshua I don't like your practice of working that J, though. stop scoring points off that damn letter.


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