The Road Home Quotes.

1. "He’d never seen a rain quite like this so gentle that it seemed barely to fall yet slowly laid its shine on the bay leaves and hydrangea flowers…"
- Rose Tremain, The Road Home

2. "When you’re old nobody touches you nobody listens to you—not in this bloody country.so that’s what I do. I touch and I listen."
- Rose Tremain, The Road Home

3. "The Koran teaches that deeds of unselfish kindness will be rewarded in heaven. I’ve given you precious food and for this unselfishness I will find reward. But now I shall go further. I am going to give you work."
- Rose Tremain, The Road Home

4. "Lev took out a cigarette and stuck it between his lips and the woman sitting next to him a plump contained person with moles like splashes of mud on her face said quickly "I'm sorry but there is no smoking allowed on this bus." Lev knew this had known it in advance had tried to prepare himself mentally for the long agony of it. But even an unlit cigarette was a companion -something to hold on to something that had promise in it -and all he could be bothered to do now was to nod just to show the woman that he'd heard what she'd said reassure her that he wasn't going to cause trouble because there they would have to sit for fifty hours or more side by side with their separate aches and dreams like a married couple. They would hear each other's snores and sighs smell the food and drink each had brought with them note the degree to which each was fearful or unafraid make short forays into conversation. And then later when they finally arrived in London they would probably separate with barely a word or a look walk out into a rainy morning each alone and beginning a new life. And Lev thought how all of this was odd but necessary and already told him things about the world he was traveling to a world in which he would break his back working -if only that work could be found."
- Rose Tremain, The Road Home

5. "My name is Lev," said Lev. "My name is Lydia," said the woman. And they shook hands, Lev's hand holding the scrunched-up kerchief and Lydia's hand rough with salt and smelling of egg, and then Lev asked, "What are you planning to do in En gland?" and Lydia said, "I have some interviews in London for jobs as a translator." "That sounds promising." "I hope so. I was a teacher of English at School 237 in Yarbl, so my language is very colloquial." Lev looked at Lydia. It wasn't difficult to imagine her standing in front of a class and writing words on a blackboard. He said, "I wonder why you're leaving our country when you had a good job at School 237 in Yarbl?" "Well," said Lydia, "I became very tired of the view from my window. Every day, summer and winter, I looked out at the schoolyard and the high fence and the apartment block beyond, and I began to imagine I would die seeing these things, and I didn't want this. I expect you understand what I mean?"
- Rose Tremain, The Road Home

6. "HE felt so tired that he felt almost like lying down there where he was in the warm sunshine just waiting until someone showed up but then he thought he did not know long a day was a summer day in England and how soon afternoon and evening would arrive and he didn’t want to find himself on the street when it got dark."
- Rose Tremain, The Road Home

7. "How could such a picture be in a national newspaper The model had ridiculous breasts the size of pumpkins and lips fat and wet and all that she was wearing was a spangled G-string."
- Rose Tremain, The Road Home

8. "Human society is ninety percent muck that won't disperse to the appropriate location that’s why I chose the profession of plumber."
- Rose Tremain, The Road Home

9. "Felt astonishment at the idea of that much leisure that much spare cash flying away into bottles and vials."
- Rose Tremain, The Road Home

10. "The days are stacked against what we think we are."
- Jim Harrison, The Road Home

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