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Rommel could smell the sea. At Torbruk the heat and the dust and flies were as bad as they had been in the desert, but it was all made bearable by that occasional whiff of salty dampness in the faint breeze.
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Nevertheless, the book gave Jack a feeling he had never had before, that the past was like a story, in which one thing led to another, and the world was not a boundless mystery, but a finite thing that could be comprehended.

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A baby was like a revolution, Grigori thought: you could start one, but you could not control how it would turn out.

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You see, all that I ever held dear has been taken from me," she said in a matter-of-fact tone. "And when you've lost everything-" Her facade began to crumble, and her voice broke, but she made herself carry on. "When you've lost everything, you've got nothing to lose.

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People are much more complicated in real life, but my characters are as subtle and nuanced as I can make them. But if you say my characters are too black and white, you've missed the point. Villains are meant to be black-hearted in popular novels. If you say I have a grey-hearted villain, then I've failed.

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With the World War II era, there's so much written material to draw on. When you go back to the 14th century, you have to imagine more.

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There was a very serious communist strain among American intellectuals before the war. America was a more tolerant place in those days, and Communists were not treated as pariahs. That ended with the McCarthy era.

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Everybody takes what they life from the teachings of the church, and ignores the parts that don't suit them.

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Ken Follett Quotes: Hard work should be rewarded by good
Hard work should be rewarded by good food.

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Ken Follett Quotes: He had been granted his lifes wish but
He had been granted his life's wish-but conditionally.

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Don't look so sad," she said. Her eyes were full of tears.
"I can't help it," he said. "I am sad."
"I'm sorry I've made you so unhappy."
"Don't be sorry for that. Be sorry that you made me so happy. That's what hurts, woman. That you made me so happy.

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What news? There's nothing to tell. I'm a nun.

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Jack was too absorbed in his work to hear the bell. He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had got to know the lump of rock in front of him he could transform it. The more difficult the task, the more fascinated he was. He was beginning to feel that the decorative carving demanded by Tom was too easy. Zigzags, lozenges, dogtooth, spirals and plain roll moldings bored him, and even these leaves were rather stiff and repetitive. He wanted to curve natural-looking foliage, pliable and irregular, and copy the different shapes of real leaves, oak and ash and birch.

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Ken Follett Quotes: She was dressed in white and her tunic
She was dressed in white, and her tunic had amazing flared sleeves which trailed on the ground behind her as she glided down the stairs. Her hair was a mass of dark curls tumbling around her face, and she had dark, dark eyes. Jack realized that this was what the chansons meant when they referred to a beautiful princess in a castle. No wonder the knights all wept when the princess died.

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He did not really understand the game they were playing: in his world, the best way to get something was to deserve it, not to toady to the giver.

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You don't give up on democracy every time you lose a vote, Ethel said crisply.

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But desperate people find courage.

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Ken Follett Quotes: You cant write novels about people who
You can't write novels about people who are timid, risk-averse and passive. Or you can, but they're called literary novels.

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I think there's probably a controlling intelligence in the universe, a being that decided the rules, such as E = mc2, and the value of pi. But that being isn't likely to care whether we sing its praise or not, I doubt whether its decisions can be manipulated by praying to a statue of the Virgin Mary, and I don't believe it will organize special treatment for you on account of what you have around your neck.

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Fitz did not censor her mail but, as the head of the family, he had the right to read any letter addressed to a female relative living in his house. No respectable woman would object.

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Rommel could smell the sea. At Torbruk the heat and the dust and flies were as bad as they had been in the desert, but it was all made bearable by that occasional whiff of salty dampness in the faint breeze.

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He was only a boy from a Welsh hill village who had the good fortune to become a monk. Today he would speak to the king. What gave him the right?

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Being a monk was the strangest and most perverted way of life imaginable. Monks spent half their lives putting themselves through pain and discomfort that they could easily avoid, and the other half muttering meaningless mumbo jumbo in empty churches at all hours of the day and night. They deliberately shunned anything good-girls, sports, feasting and family life.

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In the dynamics of the main family of the story, a rising socialist in England's postwar government expects his grandparents to be pleased that the local aristocrat's garden is commandeered to allow the people to get coal underneath. Instead, the grandparents grieve because the garden represents something more than a resource to be divided. It is a symbol of community and beauty.

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Ken Follett Quotes: The power of a king was not absolute
The power of a king was not absolute, after all: it could be restrained by the will of the people.

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Handel's "He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd," a popular anthem with elaborate part singing that the congregation performed faultlessly. As hundreds of tenor voices soared across the

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Ken Follett Quotes: People think theyre being saved from a
People think they're being saved from a Bolshevik revolution," Frunze said. "The Nazi press has them convinced that the Communists were about to launch a campaign of murder, arson, and poison in every town and village.

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Walli's sister came into the room. Lili was almost three years younger, and these days he was not sure how to treat her. For as long as he could remember she had been a pain in the neck, like a younger boy but sillier. However, lately she had become more sensible and, to complicate matters, some of her friends had breasts.

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Ken Follett Quotes: It seemed trivial after the battlefield
It seemed trivial. After the battlefield it was going to be difficult to take seriously some of the stuff people worried about in peacetime.

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Ken Follett Quotes: If you want to change the world then
If you want to change the world, then foreign relations is the field in which you can do the most good-or evil.

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Ken Follett Quotes: Is it experimental all medicine is
Is it experimental?" "All medicine is experimental. All therapies work on some patients but not on others. You must listen to what I tell you: medicine offers no guarantees.

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For me the words should be like a pane of glass that you look through, not at.

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Everything in Tom's cathedral looked as if it was meant to be. Perhaps her life was like that, everything foreordained in a grand design, and she was like a foolish builder who wanted a waterfall in the chancel.

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Lowther looked shocked. "That would mean it's our policy to kill civilians." "Exactly." "But the government assures us-" "The government lies," Boy said. "And the bomber crews know it. Many of them don't give a damn, of course, but some feel bad. They believe that if we're doing the right thing, then we should say so, and if we're doing the wrong thing we should stop.

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I loved it, couldn't stop reading, I learnt many more things of medieval time.

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Welsh chapelgoers automatically sang in four-part harmony, and when they were in the mood they could raise the roof. As he joined in, Lloyd felt this was the beating heart of Britain, here in this whitewashed chapel.

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We're all idealists," said Lord Silverman, smoothing over the conflict like a good host. "That's why we're in politics. People without ideals don't bother. But we have to confront the realities of elections and public opinion.

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The most striking thing was how smart she looked. She wore

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Whatever else Lenin might have done-and it was difficult to separate the truth from the conservative propaganda-at least, Billy thought, he was serious about educating Russian children. On

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Ken Follett Quotes: I see everything but understand nothing
I see everything, but understand nothing!

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Texaco's chairman, the Hitler-admiring Torkild Rieber, was using the company's tankers to smuggle oil to the rebels in defiance of a specific request from President Roosevelt.

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The American papers, which had been available in Vladivostok, were more honest than the British. Lev

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Stood there. Vasili was behind her. Tanya

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But instead of feeling ashamed she was overwhelmed by a sense of her own power. She had resolved not to let people make her a victim, and she had proved she could keep her resolution.

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In that case, do not expect to be rescued by the Red Army, Gorbachev said.

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Woodrow Wilson was the first American president ever to leave the country during his term of office.

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Ken Follett Quotes: More than two hundred aberowen men were
More than two hundred Aberowen men were killed on the first day of July, there on the banks of the Somme River. I have been told that the total of British casualties is over fifty thousand!

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Don't you know that if you deny the truth about yourself you lose your soul?

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James Bond is quite serious about his drinks and clothing and cigarettes and food and all that sort of thing. There is nothing wry or amused about James Bond.

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Ken Follett Quotes: It was the most romantic plane ever made
It was the most romantic plane ever made.

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