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" The Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line combines humour, warmth and wit with tragedy and deprivation: innocence and optimism with bigotry and corruption. Despite the ‘djinn patrol’ of the title, there’s little magic here.

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Steven Pinker
“The shift is not toward complacency: we enjoy the peace we find today because people in past generations were appalled by the violence in their time and worked to reduce it, and so we should work to reduce the violence that remains in our time.”
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Molly Guptill Manning, When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II

Paul Theroux
“A reader meeting another reader is an encounter of kindred spirits. The pleasure of such a joyous event is impossible to describe to a nonreader, and why would I bother? But you, with this book in your hand, are familiar with the phenomenon, and so it is not necessary.”
Paul Theroux, Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads

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