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Julian Barnes
“That's the real distinction between people: not between those who have secrets and those who don't, but between those who want to know everything and those who don't. This search is a sign of love, I maintain.
It's similar with books. Not quite the same, of course (it never is); but similar. If you quite enjoy a writer's work, if you turn the page approvingly yet
don't mind being interrupted, then you tend to like that author unthinkingly. Good chap, you assume. Sound fellow. They say he strangled an entire pack of Wolf Cubs and fed their bodies to a school of carp? Oh no, I'm sure he didn't; sound fellow, good chap. But if you love a writer, if you depend upon the drip-feed of his intelligence, if you want to pursue him and find him -- despite edicts to the contrary -- then it's impossible to know too much. You seek the vice as well. A pack of Wolf Cubs, eh? Was that twenty-seven or twenty-eight? And did he have their little scarves sewn up into a patchwork quilt? And is it true that as he ascended the scaffold he quoted from the Book of Jonah? And that he bequeathed his carp pond to the local Boy Scouts?
But here's the difference. With a lover, a wife, when you find the worst -- be it infidelity or lack of love, madness or the suicidal spark -- you are almost relieved. Life is as I thought it was; shall we now celebrate this disappointment? With a writer you love, the instinct is to defend. This is what I meant earlier: perhaps love for a writer is the purest, the steadiest form of love. And so your defense comes the more easily. The fact of the matter is, carp are an endangered species, and everyone knows that the only diet they will accept if the winter has been especially harsh and the spring turns wet before St Oursin's Day is that of young minced Wolf Cub. Of course he knew he would hang for the offense, but he also knew that humanity is not an endangered species, and reckoned therefore that twenty-seven (did you say twenty-eight?) Wolf Cubs plus one middle-ranking author (he was always ridiculously modest about his talents) were a trivial price to pay for the survival of an entire breed of fish. Take the long view: did we need so many Wolf Cubs? They would only have grown up and become Boy Scouts. And if you're still so mired in sentimentality, look at it this way: the admission fees so far received from visitors to the carp pond have already enabled the Boy Scouts to build and maintain several church halls in the area.”
Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

“Z koupelny zaslechl ševelení sprchy. Bezděky se posunul blíž. Zvuk dopadající vody, jež se o Emu tříštila, mu z paměti vyvolal křivky jejího nahého těla a penis se mu nalil krví. Od první chvíle ji nekriticky obdivoval. Nic na tom nezměnilo ani jejich pohnuté soužití.
(str. 6, tedy druhá potištěná)”
Tomáš Grombíř, Jedničky a nuly

“Nikdy jí to dosud neřekl, ale věděl, že přijde jednou chvíle, kdy jí to řekne a kdy jí poví i jiné, horší věci, které ho mrzely. – (Část třetí, Kapitola první, 2, třetí odstavec.)”
Vladimír Neff, Sňatky z rozumu

Julie Nováková
“Jen jedny dveře byly rozevřen dokořáné. [sic] „To ne… tam bydlí…“ zašeptala Sharon sama pro sebe a rychle vyrazila. (str. 13)”
Julie Nováková, Zločin na Poseidon City

Christopher Brookmyre
“Is it colour?’
‘Oh yes.’
‘You don’t let me down.You are my ambassador to pr0n, man.”
Christopher Brookmyre, Be My Enemy

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