Remember this book that I said was a hard read?
Well, tonight I'm giving it back to Andrea who lent it to me about a hundred years ago, and I'm kinda sorry that I can't have one more go at it.
Maybe I'll see if I can get a used copy somewhere this summer...
In the meantime, I'm going to write out some of my fav quotes and put them here where I know I won't lose them. Read them if you want. Or not. Up to you. No skin off my nose either way.
"Italians don't hate strangers, signore. We hate the uncle who screwed us out of an inheritance. My mama won't talk to her brother, and he won't talk to his wife's nephews, and no one talks to my cousin, Salvatore. My nonna - just before she died, she told us, "Here's who I want you to hate when I'm gone." Twenty three names!"
"Drywall lasts two hundred years, without repairs." His lip curls. "Mussolini built everything with concrete! Concrete is a sin."
"I feel the same way about typewriters," Albert declares, one professional to another. "And calculating machines are an abomination in the sight of the Lord."
"In the absence of male supervision, my mother has become a revolutionary. The Communists say they'll give women the vote."
"Shall I tell you why young men love war?" Schramm offers dreamily. "In peace there are a hundred questions with a thousand answers! In war, there is only one big question with one right answer. War smashes all our petty problems and sweeps the shards into one huge, patriotic pile. Going to war makes you a man. It is emotionally exciting and morally restful."
"Never underestimate how soothing it is to have someone to blame. If Jews didn't exist, someone would have to invent us."
"The soul is more important than the parcel it comes in."
You want to read this book now, doncha?