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    The memory remains.....

    Can you think of characters or situations in books that have remained with you (not necessarily accurately) long after the memory of the book in-whole has melted into the mush?

    I read 'The Grapes of Wrath' years and years ago, but I can still remember the character (uncle?) who disappears from the fruit-picking with the money in order to sink a couple of pints of whisky and collapse into a ditch. His behaviour is excused by his family(?) because sometimes a man sometimes has no choice but to give-in to the peace of insensibility....I have no idea why this episode stays with me.....Well I do have an idea, but I'd best not go there, not with my feet....
    Back off Margaret, you're on a sugar rush!

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    I keep having this urge to re-read 'The Catcher in the Rye'......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil View Post
    I keep having this urge to re-read 'The Catcher in the Rye'......
    I wouldn't bother. It's crap.

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    of mice and men. lenny kills that hussy. i seem to remember he killed some kind of animal before that - either a rabbit or a puppy or something.

    english lit GCSE 1989 (B grade)

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    Rupert the bear

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    Terry Prachett The trunk with legs

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    I'd like to reread ταῦτα δὲ εἴπας καὶ ἐπιτελέα in its original language

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    Quote Originally Posted by in4zip View Post
    I'd like to reread ταῦτα δὲ εἴπας καὶ ἐπιτελέα in its original language
    Pervert!

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    ^yep ..that I am, that I am

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    Hunter S Thompson (RIP) in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

    I even got paraletic drunk in Cabo san Lucas ("The Great Shark Hunt") and spent 6 hrs in jail as a tribute after he died.

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    I don't want to sound like a moany-party-pooper but the thread isn't meant to be about a book/author, but rather about a particular epsiode/scene from a book (or play, or film, or recipe, shopping-list) that has stayed with you....Then again this medium being what it is, who am I to dictate!?

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    The scene in Mary Renault's "Funeral Games" where Alexander the Great is on his deathbed but summons up the strength to acknowledge each soldier as the whole of his army pays its final respects.

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    Can't remember who wrote THe Smog read it at school will always think of london?reading ? with a big cloud hanging over it

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    I often remember this quote from "Joy" in Private Dancer, especially when I've just walked into a bar...

    I was quite surprised to see him again. Actually, I'd forgotten all about him. I'd pawned the gold chain the day after he gave it to me and used the money to pay the month's lease on the motorcycle I was buying. Luckily I was dancing when he walked into the bar because I'd forgotten his name. I asked a couple of my friends if they knew who he was but they didn't. I had to wrack my brains but eventually remembered. Pete. He was a writer or something. Anyway, as soon as I was finished dancing I ran over and made a fuss of him. I made sure I used his name, that always makes farangs feel special.
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    I made sure I used his name, that always makes farangs feel special.
    As long as it's correct of course...."Who the bloody hell's Derek!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by danbo
    I don't want to sound like a moany-party-pooper but the thread isn't meant to be about a book/author, but rather about a particular epsiode/scene from a book (or play, or film, or recipe, shopping-list) that has stayed with you....Then again this medium being what it is, who am I to dictate!?
    Sorry.

    The part where they are driving across the Nevada desert in a convertable cadillac tripping on lsd and Dr Gonzo's 300lb Samoan attorney is pouring beer on his chest to facilitate the tanning process.

    The first 2 paragraphs of the book.

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    A liitle bit vague here but I think it's David Copperfield; anyhow one of the villainous characters lives down at the docks and he shows just how villianous he really is by drinking down his coffee whilst it's still bubbling-hot....Always stuck with me that scene, even if the name of the book hasn't.

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    Endurance - The story of Shackleton's expedition to the S.Pole is a cracking read that I thoroughly recommend. The description of Shackleton and two companions leaving the rest of the men behind and making a last-ditch attempt to find help by sailing a small lashed together boat across the most treacherous seas on the planet is mind-blowing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danbo
    Endurance - The story of Shackleton's expedition to the S.Pole is a cracking read that I thoroughly recommend. The description of Shackleton and two companions leaving the rest of the men behind and making a last-ditch attempt to find help by sailing a small lashed together boat across the most treacherous seas on the planet is mind-blowing.
    One of the best books ever, read it many times.

    Read it and you will never have a reason to beleive your life is hard again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bung View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by danbo
    Endurance - The story of Shackleton's expedition to the S.Pole is a cracking read that I thoroughly recommend. The description of Shackleton and two companions leaving the rest of the men behind and making a last-ditch attempt to find help by sailing a small lashed together boat across the most treacherous seas on the planet is mind-blowing.
    One of the best books ever, read it many times.

    Read it and you will never have a reason to beleive your life is hard again
    The hero was the ships carpenter.

    I always recall The Ginger Man where Sebastian is sitting on a bus unaware that his fly is open and his dick hanging out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hawk View Post
    Terry Prachett The trunk with legs
    anything by terry prachet is a good laff

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    Monsoon by Wilbur Smith.

    A woman in the sultan's harem is caught being naughty with another bloke so they put seriously hot chilli powder wrapped in rice powder in the woman's backside and vagina. After a couple of days, the rice paper dissolves and the chilli eats through the sensative parts of her body causing extreme pain and later, death.

    Does the hero reach her in time and mange to extract the little parcels without breaking them? You'll have to read it to find out....

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