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Julia O'Faolain

  • ... the scope of his crimes is biblical ...

  • Ah, the heart was the body's fool.

  • There is nothing which prevents feeling like shamming it. Pretence dries up the heart.

  • Happiness ... is shucking off the body. I have known it. I've been outside mine. My freed soul looked down at this body which is blood-nourished like a tick in a dog's ear. There was nothing it wanted less than to return to it. That is why it did.

  • Losers have their own truth.

  • Rain fell in ropes and wind shuttled through them, webbing the city in its ephemeral weave.

  • Arguing with Owen with like fencing with a bag of wool.

  • ... talking to Maurizio was like playing a slot machine. ... Suddenly, unpredictably, he would spew out words.

Julia O'Faolain, Irish writer