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Old 11th Oct 2007, 16:43   #21
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Nope, it's Carson McCullers, The Member of the Wedding --

I thought that would have been easy.
Never heard of it, or her.

The other one, though, is Huck Finn.

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I am already far north of London, and as I walk in the streets of Petersburgh, I feel a cold northern breeze play upon my cheeks, which braces my nerves and fills me with delight. Do you understand this feeling? This breeze, which has travelled from the regions towards which I am advancing, gives me a foretaste of those icy climes. Inspirited by this wind of promise, my daydreams become more fervent and vivid. I try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight.
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Old 11th Oct 2007, 16:46   #22
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edit: I've been dying to post this one because I think it's a brilliant first line!
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I'll leave you a clue to encourage you since I'm about to leave work, by letting you know that I know that JfP esteemed this book highly.
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Old 11th Oct 2007, 18:16   #24
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Nope, it's Carson McCullers, The Member of the Wedding --
I've heard of both The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and I Heard the Owl Call My Name but no others.
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Actually I have The Member of the Wedding, but haven't read it. And don't forget The Ballad of the Sad Cafe!
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A bit of Faulkner! I think that's The Sound and the Fury?

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Never heard of it, or her.
She was also responsible, in Reflections in a Golden Eye, for one of the most memorable lines of dialogue ever written in the whole of English fiction:

“My God, she cut her nipples off with the garden shears.”
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