Jonathan Raban


Jonathan Raban Quotes

  • ''Over emphatic negatives always suggest that what is being denied may be what is really being asserted.''
    Jonathan Raban (b. 1942), British author, critic. Counterblasts (1989).
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  • ''One classic American landscape haunts all of American literature. It is a picture of Eden, perceived at the instant of history when corruption has just begun to set in. The serpent has shown his scaly head in the undergrowth. The apple gleams on the tree. The old drama of the Fall is ready to start all over again.''
    Jonathan Raban (b. 1942), British author, critic. For Love and Money, pt. 5 (1987).
  • ''Life, as the most ancient of all metaphors insists, is a journey; and the travel book, in its deceptive simulation of the journey's fits and starts, rehearses life's own fragmentation. More even than the novel, it embraces the contingency of things.''
    Jonathan Raban (b. 1942), British author, critic. For Love and Money, pt. 5 (1987).

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