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Thursday, August 22

Tara Road quotes

In this post: Second first timeBooking Through Thursday, Quotes from Tara RoadThursday Thirteen, Favorite Things
We all know the beauty of reading a really wonderful book for the first time—when everything about the story and the writing and the timing click to make a reader’s perfect storm … but it’s fleeting, because you can never read that book for the first time again.
So … if you could magically reset things so that you had the chance to read a favorite book/series again for the first time … which would you choose? And why?
And then, since tastes change … Do you think it would have the same affect on you, reading it now, as it did when you read it the first time? Would you love it just as much? Would you risk it?
Rowling's Harry Potter series - the mystery of magic, Austen's Pride and Prejudice - the fun of being spectator to a set of social norms of time gone by, and Crichton's Timeline - physically going back hundreds of years as actual subject of scientific research will always thrill me til the last page. And as far as affect goes, I think it will only be better.

Thursday Thirteen: quotes from Tara Road by Maeve Binchy. These quotes are all from the first two chapters only and are generally about people. I picked those that sound familiar. Are there any you relate with or don't, agree or disagree, like or dislike? Feel free to object and share your thoughts.

1. "Men might regard travel as fast. Men preferred to marry safer, calmer women. Women who didn't go gallivanting too much."
-I love travel and I do whenever I can. Is that why I always seem to be single?.... lol

2. "I'd love to be able to look into the future and see where we'll be in two years' time.  Wouldn't it be great if we could take a peep?"
- have you ever been to a fortune teller? did it come true for you?

3. "It's very hard to know what a job was going to be like until you were in it and then it was too late."
- 'been there, got the t-shirt'

4. "Prosperity had come to Ireland in the early eighties and the property market was the first to reflect this."
- it will be nice to find this has some actual similarities (from non-fiction media) with Ireland's economy in the early 80s

5. "Fellows don't like being questioned about feelings."
- when forced, I think they will 'copy & paste' :D

6. "1982 was a terrible year for films stars dying."
- I remember reading a brief biography of Grace Kelly from a magazine in the early 80s

7. "The secret of the universe is timing."
- any idea of its origin?

8. "There's no point in working anywhere unless we know what it's all about. It makes it twice as interesting if you know all that's going on."

9. "All mothers are difficult."
- are they not?! Mine is impossible at times. We have a volatile relationship ;p

10. "Wasn't it wonderful the way people saw their own situations?"

11. "There were plenty of men but no one man."
- I sooo relate

12. "There was great satisfaction in having lovely possessions. If you couldn't have a streamlined figure, flawless make-up, exquisite clothes, then having a perfect room was a substitute."
- no one will be left behind with nothing

13. "And I spend my life saying look at my frizzy hair. It's a very annoying part of being a woman., we're never really satisfied with the way we look."
- did Rapunzel ever had similar annoyance?


  1. Great quotes. That last one is so true, isn't it? We're nevr completely satisfied with how we look, even when we know we look fine. My T13: Upcoming Books to Film (and I know how much you LOVE my book lists! *G*)

    1. Women are such complicated beings. I don't understand them myself :) Oh... books to films. Heading over there now.

  2. Great list of quotes. I think Rapunzel probably hated her hair.

    1. Too long. In a film I saw it was her mother brushing it.

  3. Your response to #5 is funny. #7 and nothing happens without a little friction.

    I went to Ireland in the 90's and the economy was booming then.

    1. So the time setting was probably just revised a decade back, or something.

  4. "Fellows don't like being questioned about feelings." I don't normally like generalisations about men / women but that is so true - well, in my case at least.
    "Men might regard travel as fast. Men preferred to marry safer, calmer women. Women who didn't go gallivanting too much." I married the safer/calmer one first - disaster. Then I married a gallivanter who travelled all over the place on her own before I met her. Definitely 'fast'. But then I love taking risks and it's lasted twenty six years so far....


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