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Prague by Arthur Phillips
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Aug 04, 09

bookshelves: fiction
Read in June, 2009

I loved the moment when, while playing the game Sincerity, Emily lies "I think I could live in Hungary forever," and John smilingly imagines Emily "raising her Hungarian children to be the first trusting and cheerful nonsmokers in the nation's history."

Also, when Charles goes with John to arrange a sublease, and Charles translates what is said by the old man leaving the apartment: "Okay, first the bad news. Mr. Szabo is looking forward to returning to the countryside with me. He's missed me. Also, he's very glad you and the army have finally arrived. He always knew the Americans would come to kills the Russians and he thanks you. This puts us in about 1956, I'd say, when the Americans most definitely did not show up."

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