October 14, 2012

For Queen and Country

I submit that this is the most English paragraph ever written in any novel:
The family lived in an old rectory at the edge of the fells, where the pastures begin to be dotted by tussocks of sedge. They were acive in the parish; they kept two cars rushing to and fro along the web of thin crooked roads in and out of Preston, Clitheroe, and Longridge. 
The Heart Broke In, by James Meek
Possibly the only more English line in the book (which is quite good, by the way) is when he describes two characters enjoying a sixty-nine as "naked and contrariwise." Close your eyes and think of synonyms?

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