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Carrot! Sue Grant-Marshall on The Penguin Dictionary of South African Quotations

The Penguin Dictionary of South African QuotationsIn crafting her reveiw of The Penguin Dictionary of South African Quotations, it’s possible that Sue Grant-Marshall was trying to get into the next edition. Try this pithy little construction of hers on for size:

“Books of quotes are like chocolates. Once you start dipping into them, it’s hard to stop. That’s a good thing, for this book helps us learn afresh the history of our country over the past eight years.”

Besides loosing her own sweet, edible darts Jenny Crwys-Williams’ way, Grant-Marshall also pulls out plenty of the former’s finds, quote-wise, to illustrate her enjoyable review:

Collecting quotes became such an obsession for her, that when Penguin’s CEO Alison Lowry gave her a cutoff date before the African National Congress’s conference at Polokwane, she successfully argued for an extension. But her suggestion that they wait for next year’s election bit the dust.

And although Crwys-Williams says she’s not sure she wants to do another dictionary, she’s clearly anguished at what she’s lost in quotable quotes over the Thabo Mbeki resignation period. One she spotted after her deadline: “The only way you know you have been stabbed by Thabo Mbeki is when the knife he’s plunged into your back comes straight out in front so you can see it.”

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