> Sri Lankan author
> Characters: Patrick Lewis (protagonist), Kenan Lewis (Patrick's father, "abashed man", dynamiter)
- pelmanism: a system of training to improve the memory
- "So at this stage of his life his mind raced ahead of his body.".....age 12
- "Before the real city could be seen it had to be imagined, the way rumours and tall tales were a kind of charting."...p.29
- "This was his first child and it had already become a murderer.".....the bridge is the child of Commissioner Harris, and someone fell off of it
- "The event that will light the way for immigration in North America is the talking picture."...interesting
- "He was bare-knuckle capitalism. He was a hawk who hovered over the whole province, swooping down for the kill, buying up every field of wealth, and eating the profit in mid-air. He was a jackal.".....referring to Ambrose Small, a missing industrialist
- "Patrick never believed that characters lived only on the page. They altered when the author's eye was somewhere else. Outside the plot there was a great darkness, but there would of course be daylight elsewhere on earth. Each character had his own time zone, his own lamp, otherwise they were just men from nowhere."
- "His own life was no longer a single story but part of a mural, which was a falling together of accomplices. Patrick saw a wondrous night web--all of these fragments of a human order, something ungoverned by the family he was boirn into or the headlines of the day. A num on a bridge, a daredevil who was unable to sleep without drink, a boy watching a fire from his bed at night, an actress who ran away with a millionaire - the detritus and chaos of the age was realigned."
- "Only the best art can order the chaotic tumble of events. Only the best can ralign chaos to suggest both the chaos and order it will become."
- "He lay down to sleep, until he was woken from out of a dream. He saw the lions around him glorying in life; then he took his axe in his hand, he drew his sword from his belt, and he fell upon them like an arrow from the string."
- powerful imagery...Finnish loggers in early morning light, Patrick and his father saving the cow in the icy river, loggers skating with cattail torches in the middle of the night
- Interesting notion that immigrants would latch onto a particular actor and attend all his/her performances learning pronunciation..,.,there is even a story of a logger jumping in to take over a role when an actor was injured because he knew the lines