Wednesday, August 8, 2012

the last book I ever read (Dave Eggers' A Hologram for the King, excerpt three)

from A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers:

--Boston, Alan said.

--Boston. Boston, Yousef said, tapping the steering wheel. I’ve been to Alabama. One year of college.

Against his better judgment, Alan continued talking to this lunatic.

--You studied in Alabama? Why Alabama?

--You mean, because I was the only Arab for a few thousand miles? I got a scholarship for a year. This was Birmingham. Pretty different from Boston, I’m guessing?

Alan liked Birmingham and said so. He had friends in Birmingham.

Yousef smiled. –That big statue of Vulcan, right? Scary.

--That’s right. I love that statue, Alan said.

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