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Old 25th Mar 2004, 11:57   #2
John Self
suffers from smallness of vision
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Just the one! Fat chance. A selection:

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

In eighteenth-century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages.
- Patrick Suskind, Perfume

Ever since his young wife had given birth to a cat as an unexpected consequence of his experiments in sexual alchemy, and ever since his accidental invention of a novel explosive that confounded Newtonian physics by losing its force at the precise distance of two metres from the source of the blast, President Veracruz had thought of himself not only as an adept but also as an intellectual.
- Louis de Bernieres, Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord

I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice - not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.
- John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany
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