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“It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.”
“If a book is really good, it deserves to be read again, and if it's great, it should be read at least three times.”
“The more I like a book, the more reluctant I am to turn the page. Lovers, even book lovers, tend to cling. No one-night stands or "reads" for them.”
“The more I like a book, the more slowly I read. this spontaneous talking back to a book is one of the things that makes reading so valuable.”
“To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment for having disturbed the reader's peace. The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding.”
“His father, Vincent, took him to La Coupole in Paris and, after sitting on the terrace for a while, walked off and forgot him. It was the perfect start in life for a writer.”
“The tension between "yes" and "no," between "I can" and "I cannot," makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self.”
“The first divorce in the world may have been a tragedy, but the hundred-millionth is not necessarily one.”
“She was a spendthrift of the spirit, an American in Paris when, as Evelyn Waugh said, the going was good.”
“Ruefulness is one of the classical tones of American fiction. It fosters a native, deglamorized form of anxiety.”
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