Holes, Louis Sachar
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"Myra's head is as empty as a flowerpot."
"But she's beautiful."
"So is a flowerpot. Can she push a plow? Can she milk a goat? No, she is too delicate. Can she have an intelligent conversation? No, he is silly and foolish. Will she take care of you when you are sick? No, she is spoiled and will only want you to take care of her. So, she is beautiful. So what? Ptuui!" p29-30
I loved this little bit of conversation. Very well written, as was all of the book, really.
It took Sam a week to fix the roof, because he could only work in the afternoons, after school let out and before night classes began. Sam wasn't allowed to attend classes because eh was a Negro, but they let him fix the building. p109
"Sign of the times." That's what I wrote on my notes, little did I know how much this had to do with everything else that was happening. So awesomely written, honestly, I can't get over how in tune I was with this book. I love the whole "What was here before my house was" kind of concept... and this paints that kind of picture of change almost to perfection.
The air became unbearably humid. Stanley was drenched in sweat. Beads of moisture ran down the handle of his shovel. It was almost as if the temperature had gotten so hot that the air itself was sweating. p127
What a picture. You feel it.
My only complaint was that at chapter 45 and 46 there's some repetition there with the Warden. Otherwise this is the one time I've read a book and been desperate to see the movie afterward, to see if it's the same kind of awesome.