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Did you find memorable or unique phrases?

Created: 06/11/13

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Posted Jun. 11, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
cynthiad

Join Date: 11/25/12

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Did you find memorable or unique phrases?

I really enjoyed some of the author's expressions:
"her voice slipped into my cell like a nightlight under the crack of a door"
"memory -- as watered down as community theatre" (I've been involved w/community theatre)
"events slip off the shelf into the wrong year & I'm not always sure I'm putting them back in their proper home."
"clemency attempts to rectify egregiousness of the present system"


Posted Jun. 11, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
StaceyR

Join Date: 05/20/13

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RE: Did you find memorable or unique phrases?

Always a fun question!

Here's just one I found:
about prison-- "a vacuum into which people are sucked to clean up the outside"


Posted Jun. 12, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
marymargaretf

Join Date: 09/05/11

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RE: Did you find memorable or unique phrases?

I thought the opening line gave the reader the possibilities of the characters to be met in the novel:
"In this world, you are either good or evil". It reminded me of the opening of A Tale of Two Cities.


Posted Jun. 12, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
janzr

Join Date: 04/18/11

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RE: Did you find memorable or unique phrases?

I especially like the entirely of Chapter 27!


Posted Jun. 13, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
catharinel

Join Date: 10/19/12

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RE: Did you find memorable or unique phrases?

End of Chapter 11 "The quest toward a windmill is more fulfilling than an empty stroll, sometimes, even if the windmill isn't real."


Posted Jun. 13, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
iread49

Join Date: 04/10/13

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RE: Did you find memorable or unique phrases?

She is a master at language , turn of a phrase.... " And there we had it, the perennial reason for the visit. A deep seated desire to right a wrong. Or wrong a right. Or right a wrong that was done rightly for someone who did something wrong."


Posted Jun. 13, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
iread49

Join Date: 04/10/13

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RE: Did you find memorable or unique phrases?

The first paragraph .


Posted Jun. 17, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
GinH

Join Date: 06/17/13

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RE: Did you find memorable or unique phrases?

I was distracted by some of the ridiculous sentences so if there was a memorable phrase within the book, I missed it.


Posted Jul. 04, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
edie

Join Date: 04/05/12

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RE: Did you find memorable or unique phrases?

With a bow to Cynthia, I too was moved by Noa's description of her failing memory. "Events slip off their shelves into the wrong year, and I'm not always sure I'm putting them back in their proper home."
The sentence is particularly poignant as it follows an eclectic list of the sense memories she lives with--the names of the jurors who sentenced her to death, the scent of her grandmother and first boyfriend's cigarette, the feel of her embossed high school diploma. And, it's followed by a rare admission of the pain of her ten years on death row, a loneliness bred in isolation fron human contact.

Another of the many phrases that caught my attention comes when Ollie has confessed Noa about being present for part of her trial and the effect it had on him. For the first time she believes in his commitment to fight for her. She has a champion, someone who cares. And when he tells her their next step is to file the writ, she is unable to surpress her smile, a big hopeful grin. Here's an unexpected glimpse of a younger Noa, a girl with a promising future. But hope feels foreign to her and she adds, "It's funny how undressed a smile can make you feel."


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