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"He Loved Big Brother."
George Orwell
The Age of Innocence
"Newland Archer Got up Slowly and Walked Back Alone to His Hotel."
Edith Wharton
Alone in Berlin
"Because It is Written That You Reap What You Sow, and the Boy Had Sown Good Corn."
Hans Fallada
Anne of Green Gables
"'God's in His Heaven, All's Right With the World,' Whispered Anne Softly."
Lucy Maud Montgomery
"But Now I Must Sleep."
Ian McEwan
The Awakening
"There Was the Hum of Bees, and the Musky Odor of Pinks Filled the Air."
Kate Chopin
Before I Die
"Light Falls Through the Window, Falls Onto Me, Into Me. Moments. All Gathering Towards This One."
Jenny Downham, British novelist
The Bell Jar
"The Eyes and Faces All Turned Themselves Towards Me, and Guiding Myself by Them, As by a Magical Thread, I Stepped Into the Room."
Sylvia Plath
"The Knife Came Down, Missing Him by Inches, and He Took Off."
Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye
"It's Funny. Don't Ever Tell Anybody Anything. If You Do, You Start Missing Everybody."
J. D. Salinger
Charlotte's Web
"It is Not Often That Someone Comes Along Who is a True Friend and a Good Writer. Charlotte Was Both."
E. B. White
A Clockwork Orange
"But You, O My Brothers, Remember Sometimes Thy Little Alex That Was. Amen. And All That Cal."
Anthony Burgess
The Color Purple
"But I Don't Think Us Feel Old at All. And Us So Happy. Matter of Fact, I Think This the Youngest Us Ever Felt."
Alice Walker
"Later on He Will Understand How Some Men So Loved Her, That They Did Dare Much for Her Sake."
Bram Stoker
Finnegans Wake
"A Way a Lone a Last a Loved a Long The"
James Joyce
"He Was Soon Borne Away by the Waves and Lost in Darkness and Distance."
Mary Shelley
Gone With the Wind
"After All, Tomorrow is Another Day."
Margaret Mitchell
The Good Earth
"But over the Old Man's Head They Looked at Each Other and Smiled."
Pearl S. Buck
The Grapes of Wrath
"She Looked up and Across the Barn, and Her Lips Came Together and Smiled Mysteriously."
John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby
"So We Beat On, Boats Against the Current, Borne Back Ceaselessly Into the Past."
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Half of a Yellow Sun
"She Had Started to Cry Softly. Odenigbo Took Her in His Arms."
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer
The Handmaid's Tale
"Are There Any Questions?"
Margaret Atwood
The Hound of the Baskervilles
"Might I Trouble You Men to Be Ready in Half an Hour, and We Can Stop at Marcini's for a Little Dinner on the Way?"
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The House of the Spirits
"It Begins Like This: Barrabás Came to Us by Sea…"
Isabel Allende
The Kite Runner
"I Ran With the Wind Blowing in My Face, and a Smile As Wide As the Valley of Panjsher on My Lips. I Ran."
Khaled Hosseini
Life of Pi
"Very Few Castaways Can Claim to Have Survived So Long at Sea As Mr. Patel, and None in the Company of an Adult Bengal Tiger."
Yann Martel
Little Women
"Oh, My Girls, However Long You May Live, I Never Can Wish You a Greater Happiness Than This."
Louisa May Alcott
The Long Goodbye
"I Never Saw Any of Them Again, Except the Cops. No Way Has Yet Been Invented to Say Goodbye to Them."
Raymond Chandler
Lord of the Flies
"He Turned Away to Give Them Time to Pull Themselves Together; and Waited, Allowing His Eyes to Rest on the Trim Cruiser in the Distance."
William Golding
Love in the Time of Cholera
"Florentino Ariza Had Kept His Answer Ready for Fifty-three Years, Seven Months, and Eleven Days and Nights. "Forever," He Said."
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Lovely Bones
"I Wish You All a Long and Happy Life."
Alice Sebold
Madame Bovary
"He Has Just Been Awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honor."
Gustave Flaubert, translated by Margaret Mauldon
Mickelsson's Ghosts
"… Pitiful, Empty-headed Nothings Complaining to Be Born…."
John Gardner
"I Lost Track After a While, Happy to Be Home, Weeping for My Father, and Thinking About What Was Next."
Jeffrey Eugenides
Moby Dick
"It Was the Devious-cruising Rachel, That in Her Retracing Search After Her Missing Children, Only Found Another Orphan."
Herman Melville
A Moveable Feast
"But This is How Paris Was in the Early Days when We Were Very Poor and Very Happy."
Ernest Hemingway
Ninety-Two in the Shade
"His Jaws Were Parted Slightly to the Rush of Air. He Was Heading for A1A."
Thomas McGuane
Norwegian Wood
"Again and Again I Called out for Midori from the Dead Centre of This Place That Was No Place."
Haruki Murakami
Of Mice and Men
"And Carlson Said, 'Now What the Hell Ya Suppose is Eatin' Them Two Guys?'"
John Steinbeck
The Old Man and the Sea
"The Old Man Was Dreaming About the Lions."
Ernest Hemingway
The Pianist
"Twilight Came On. Snow Fell from the Darkening, Leaden Sky."
Wladyslaw Szpilman
The Poisonwood Bible
"That is the Only Marker You Need. Move On. Walk Forward Into the Light."
Barbara Kingsolver
A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man
"Old Father, Old Artificer, Stand Me Now and Ever in Good Stead."
James Joyce
"And the Ashes Blew Towards Us With the Salt Wind from the Sea."
Daphne du Maurier
"One Bird Said to Billy Pilgrim, 'Poo-tee-weet?'"
Kurt Vonnegut
Suite Francaise
"Soon the Road Was Empty. All That Remained of the German Regiment Was a Little Cloud of Dust."
Irene Nemirovsky
A Tale of Two Cities
"It is a Far, Far Better Thing That I Do, Than I Have Ever Done; It is a Far, Far Better Rest That I Go to Than I Have Ever Known."
Charles Dickens
A Thousand Splendid Suns
"But the Naming Game Involves Only Male Names, Because if It's a Girl, Laila Has Already Named Her."
Khaled Hosseini
The Time Traveler's Wife
"He is Coming, and I Am Here."
Audrey Niffenegger
To Kill a Mockingbird
"He Would Be There All Night, and He Would Be There when Jem Waked up in the Morning."
Harper Lee
Tropic of Cancer
"The Hills Gently Girdle It About: Its Course is Fixed."
Henry Miller
"…I Put My Arms Around Him Yes and Drew Him Down to Me So He Could Feel My Breasts All Perfume Yes and His Heart Was Going Like Mad and Yes I Said Yes I Will Yes."
James Joyce
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
"The Strains of the Piano and Violin Rose up Weakly from Below."
Milan Kundera
Wild Swans
"I Took One More Glance over My Past Life, then Turned to the Future. I Was Eager to Embrace the World."
Jung Chang, winner 1993 British Book of the Year

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