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The Bridge

Iain Banks

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“I think the easiest people to fool are ourselves. Fooling ourselves may even be a necessary precondition for fooling others.”

“This is not a long bridge, but it goes on for ever. I am not far from the bank, but I will never get there. I walk but I never move. Fast or slow, running, turning, doubling back, jumping, throwing myself or stopping; nothing makes any difference.”

“There is only darkness, starless and complete. The waves glitter like a million dull knives.”

“It was as if some magnetic repulsion, which before had kept our two carriages from meeting and passing, had now been reversed, and so sucked me inexorably forward, drawing me towards something my heart made clear I feared - or should fear - utterly, in the way some people are fatally attracted towards an abyss while standing on its very edge.”

“You don't belong to her and she doesn't belong to you, but you're both part of each other; if she got up and left now and walked away and you never saw each other again for the rest of your lives, and you lived an ordinary waking life for another fifty years, even so on your deathbed you would know she was part of you.”

“jammed inside the bastard for three hours.’). And that bridge, the bridge . . . have to make a pilgrimage to”

“Future became Present, Present became Past. A truth so banal, so obvious and accepted that he had somehow managed to ignore it before.”

“He would never forget the feeling of that first year, the sense of freedom just being on his own gave him. He had his own room for the first time, his own money to spend as he wanted, his own food to buy and places to go and decisions to make; it was glorious, sublime.”

“I luv the ded, this old baster sez to me when I wiz tryin to get some innfurmashin out ov him. You fukin old pervirt I sez, gettin a bit fed up by this time enyway, an slit his throate; ah asks you whare the fukin Sleeping Byootie woz, no whit kind of humpin you lyke.”

“Whatever; if there's one thing I can't stand it's machines that talk back: SILENCE!”

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Book Keywords:

phonetic, scottish-brogue, human-nature, abyss, barbarian

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