The Simile Museum

Tag: Novel

“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

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“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

“I commence shaving my head, head shaving as meditation. The old sensation of the clippers is a pleasure that never diminishes, the buzz is dulling and senseless in my ears. My little hairs drift down to the mouth of the toilet and start forming like a rare algae on the surface.”

-Gabe Habash

“My saliva became like hot bitter glue.”

-Ralph Ellison