The Story of a Brief Marriage: A Novel Quotes

Anuk Arudpragasam
This Study Guide consists of approximately 61 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Story of a Brief Marriage.
This section contains 1,437 words
(approx. 4 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Story of a Brief Marriage: A Novel Study Guide

Most children have two whole legs and two whole arms but this little six-year-old that Dinesh was carrying had already lost one leg, the right one from the lower thigh down, and was now about to lose his right arm."
-- Narrator (chapter 1)

Importance: The novel’s first sentence establishes a history of loss and signals loss is imminent once again.

Didn’t dying in the end mean being separated from other humans, after all, from the sea of human gaits, gestures, noises, and gazes in which for so many years on had floated, didn’t it mean abandoning the possibility of connecting with another human that being among others always afforded?"
-- Narrator (chapter 1)

Importance: This quote is one of many moments of free indirect discourse, in which Dinesh’s mental state takes over the narrative. These moments are identified by the use of question marks, and signal moments of emotional distress. In this quote, Dinesh’s...

(read more)

This section contains 1,437 words
(approx. 4 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Story of a Brief Marriage: A Novel Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
The Story of a Brief Marriage: A Novel from BookRags. (c)2017 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook