The Simile Museum

Tag: Novel

“Wife three, it must be said, looked radiant, though it was a cold radiance like that of a blade. Treat me like an object of pity, her bearing announced, hint that I was somehow to blame, and I will cut you.”

-Sigrid Nunez

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“He was very tall and strong, with a face as big as a ham — plain and pale, but intelligent and smiling.”

-Robert Louis Stevenson

“A man used to live near us in a big two-storey house. The house was of concrete, with decorated concrete blocks, and it was in a lovely ochre colour with chocolate wood facings, everything so neat and nice it look like something to eat.”

-V.S. Naipaul

“They kept reaching for each other’s waists and drawing their hands quickly away, as if testing the heat of a fire.”

-Jamel Brinkley

 

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“I sit at my window and the words fly past me like birds–with God’s help I catch some.”

-Jean Rhys

“The world and its history were to Nora like a ship in a bottle; she herself was outside and unidentified, endlessly embroiled in a preoccupation without a problem.”

-Djuna Barnes

“Strength, grace, romance, folly, poetry, youth–she read him like a page.”

-Virginia Woolf