Sunday, September 15, 2013

N is for Novels

“You don't read Gatsby, I said, to learn whether adultery is good or bad but to learn about how complicated issues such as adultery and fidelity and marriage are. A great novel heightens your senses and sensitivity to the complexities of life and of individuals, and prevents you from the self-righteousness that sees morality in fixed formulas about good and evil.”
Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran

“Poetry, plays, novels, music, they are the cry of the human spirit trying to understand itself and make sense of our world.”
Laura Malone Elliott, Annie, Between the States   

“In writing a novel, when in doubt, have two guys come through the door with guns.”
Raymond Chandler

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