Country 59 Congo Quote “The passenger in 3B couldn’t tear her gaze from the window. Was that patch of dirt the landing strip? It couldn’t be. It was way too short - and there were pigs on it. Pigs!
Country 58 Czech Republic Quote “At night all the curtains were drawn and all the windows were closed before any lights were turned on, as if the old house were a fortress ringed by the enemy, and as if it were a matter of life and death to keep secret from all eyes what went on inside.”
Country 57 Belarus. Quote “The nights turned considerably colder, and now the swamps were ‘ sweating’ , giving birth to a mobile white fog in the hollows”
Country 56 Trinidad and Tobago. ¨Every afternoon, around four, the iguana fell out of the coconut tree. Bdup! While sunbathing, it had fallen asleep, relaxing its grip, dropping from a considerable height. It always landed like a cat, on all fours, ready to fight. The dogs always went berserk, gnashing and chasing after the creature as it fled, scuttling across the grass, a streak of lime green disappearing off into the undergrowth.¨
Country 55 Colombia “It begins to get dark; the street light bulbs are lit: yellow and dim, they cast large shadows around, as if instead of illuminating they darkened.”
Country 54 Ethiopia, ” Pushcarts loaded impossibly high with bananas, with bricks, with melons, and even one carrying two lepers weaved through the pedestrian traffic.
Country 53 Thailand “You stay here. I’m taking your brother over to Grandma’s. I’ll be back in a bit.” Hearing these last three words, Kampol didn’t dare wander, worried that his father wouldn’t spot him when he got back, so he just paced back and forth, keeping an eye on the curve where the road came into the neighborhood.
Country 52 Panama “The worst of all, and the most painful, is that for each rail at least two workers have died. "
Country 51 Botswana Quote “I am just a tiny person in Africa, but there is a place for me, and for everybody, to sit down on this earth and touch it and call it their own.” This book taught me how strong and determined some people can be.
Quote “Independence changed everything. Independence changed nothing. Eight years after the British left, we now had free government schools, running water and paved roads. But Jaipur still felt the same to me as it had ten years ago, the first time I stepped foot on its dusty soil.”
Country 49 Albania Quote“Outside the winter night had wrapped the city in winter, fog and wind. Buried under my blankets, I listened to the muffled, monotonous sound of rain falling on the roof of our house”
Country 47 Belgium Quote “Nuns pass, scarcely disturbing the silence, as the swans scarcely disturb the water”
Country 46 Azerbaijan Quote: “Autumn came. First inside me, then everywhere. Trees rushed to shake off their leaves like last year’s fashion and stood half naked, bowing to the advances of the northern wind. The Caspian Sea abandoned its good disposition and released its demons spewing out bursts of white foam”.
Country 45 'Savages,' he said. 'Worth ten of any of you.' 'Imagine that God should create creatures like that! They look like something made out of sin,' one of the porters said, a young man who was always first to speak. 'Don't they look vicious?'
Country 44 Austria “Hmmm” Said Franz. “ I have to think about that” He stopped, glanced up to one side and tried to collect his thoughts, which were leaping about madly somewhere high above the roofs of the town and well beyond the powers of his own imagination.
Country 43 “You should know that there are only two ways to be alone. With no one near or in the middle of a crowd”.
Country 42 “At the beginning of the twentieth century, Uruguay was a country of the twenty-first century. At the end of the twentieth century, Uruguay is a nineteenth century country”.
Country 41 “The power of books, this marvelous invention of astute human intelligence This book taught me that even though disaster strikes you can pull through. “
Country 40 “Our dog Arsylang was asleep next to the dung heap. He was breathing peacefully. Sunlight streamed onto his dark, downy fur and exploded into rays that glittered and danced on the ends of his hair”.
Country 39 “I was on a quest for women, women’s scents, sweat, lips, breasts, and I was thinking of buying a color television set in order to look at their warm flesh.”
Fast paced, lots of things going on, lots of action, but I just didn't really enjoy this, I didn’t enjoy the London part so much, the Africa part was much more interesting and engaging, even though I just couldn't get into Sam’s character, but at least he has a sense of humour, or any of... Continue Reading →
Country 36 “In prison, I saw Mamed, who was almost unrecognizable. He had lost weight, and his head had been shaved. We were among a hundred or so students who had been arrested for "crimes against state security."
Country 35 ”It was not anxiety or excitement now, but real fear. I felt dizzy, as if someone had tied a rope around my middle and squeezed out all my air. Somewhere behind us our teacher was shouting instructions for us to go home. Still everyone who’d emerged from the shelter moved as one toward the explosion. “
Country 34 “At that moment, downstairs in the shop, a small golden light flashes and a book appears on the desk. The book is blue, the colour of the centre of an iceberg. On the cover are the words The Grimoire of Kensington Market”.
Country 33 “After you died I couldn’t hold a funeral, So these eyes that once beheld you became a shrine. These ears that once heard your voice became a shrine. These lungs that once inhaled your breath became a shrine.”
Country 32 “How much longer do you need to work on your new machine?” “Just a little bit more,” he replied. Shaking her head, she muttered, “It’s always the same answer. You said that two months ago, last year, and the year before that.”
Country 31 “They just wanted their freedom. Freedom to live there in the bush. They wanted nothing from the planters or the government: just freedom. “
Country 30 “And he answered that it is certainly human to make mistakes, but there are some human beings who make more than others, and they are called fools”
Country 29 “I wasn't born for this life, Cat said repeating a phrase he had heard from a travelling salesman once in a bar in Aracaju”.
Country 28 “We can't sit down and keep rehashing what people did to us in the past, Ma, or use those injustices as any kind of complete excuse for our present situation.”
Country 27 “The land and everything on it can be taken away, but no one can take away your knowledge or the degrees you earn”
Country 25 ‘Today’s children,’ she continued, ‘today’s children are funny. Nowadays children think that they are cleverer than their elders. So they boast publicly about their intelligence and their sharp tongues. Of course, my son who has just spoken has shown that he comes from a good family, and a good village. His people should be proud of him because he is of the race of people who are born to lead others. Yet, he is only a child in the eyes of someone like me who has wiped the buttocks of many children and grandchildren. So I will not blame him for being clever.’
Country 24 “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.”
Country 22 "I arrived, doing some complicated mathematical calculations, to the conviction that, at least, I had made love with about five thousand men."
Country 21 ‘I am so glad you have come. I don’t like being with all these old people. They are no fun,’ she whispered.’
Country 20 “Nina couldn’t help wondering if the lives of other people were really as simple as they looked. As simple, and as happy.”
Country 19 “I had never seen so many books gathered in a single space as I saw in that room. I felt less afraid when I thought of all the other people who seemed to have had harder lives than mine. I disappeared completely to occupy the world of whatever book I was reading.”
Country 18 “She’s Tamil. That’s enough. They take our land, our jobs. If we let them they will take the whole country.”
Country 15 “As the seaplane charter glided into the harbor, Peter and I glanced at each other with unspoken words. I prayed everything would go according to plan.“
Country 14 “To know a man properly, you must know the shape of his hurt – the specific wound around which his person has been formed like a scab.”
Country 13 "I came to Comala because they told me that my father, a certain Pedro Páramo, lived here. My mother told me. And I promised her that I would come see him as soon as she died. I squeezed her hands as a sign that I would, because she was about to die and I was in a plan to promise everything. "
Country 12 “One lives and survives only if one has the ability to swallow and digest bitter and unpalatable things. We, you and I, and our people shall live because there are only a few among us who do not love raw onions.”