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Mal Peet

Geburtstag: 5. Oktober 1947
Todesdatum: 2. März 2015

Mal Peet war ein britischer Kinder- und Jugendbuchautor.

Mal Peet studierte Englisch und Amerikanische Literatur an der University of Warwick. Er heiratete Elspeth Graham und begann gemeinsam mit ihr Kinderbücher zu schreiben und zu illustrieren. 2003 wurde sein erstes Buch namens „Keeper“ publiziert, welches den Branford Boase Award gewann. Peet lebte zuletzt mit seiner Frau und seinen drei Kindern in Devon.

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„Fast unmittelbar darauf sandte der Dschungel seine schlanken grünen Finger auf die Fläche die Gato velassen hatte, und tastete nach neuen Stellen, wo er wachsen konnte.“ Keeper

„You do not win a war by dying for your country. You win a war by making sure that some poor bastard dies for his.“ Tamar


„instead of being in history he was in love“ Life: An Exploded Diagram

„Sentimentality and nostalgia are closely related. Kissing cousins. I have no time for nostalgia, though. Nostalgics believe the past is nicer than the present. It isn't. Or wasn't. Nostalgics want to cuddle the past like a puppy. But the past has bloody teeth and bad breath. I look into its mouth like a sorrowing dentist.“ Life: An Exploded Diagram

„So? You think people stop talking to you when they are dead?“ Tamar

„History is the heavy traffic that prevents us from crossing the road. We're not especially interested in what it consists of. We wait, more or less patiently, for it to pause, so that we can get to the liquor store or the laundromat or the burger bar.“ Life: An Exploded Diagram

„What I'm trying to explain to my sulky little cousin is that we are doing things backwards. We are going from the end of the river to the start of the river. And endings are always sad. We are doing the sad bit first, which is wrong. Strange.“ Tamar

„I lived through all these times, these great events, without caring very much, concerned with my own aging rather than the world's. Most of us do likewise. History is the heavy traffic that prevents us from crossing the road. We're not especially interested in what it consists of. We wait, more or less patiently, for it to pause, so that we can get to the liquor store or the laundromat or the burger bar“ Life: An Exploded Diagram


„Unfortunately, however, weapons of mass destruction tend to attract maniacs: men - it's almost always men - who want to jab the red button and yell "Take that, you heathen infidel bastards!" and sit in their revolving chairs in underground lead-lined bunkers or caves, watching on their monitors World War III or the Final Jihad or whatever.“ Life: An Exploded Diagram

„He used to say the uglier things are the longer they live, and the ugliest things live forever.“ The Penalty

„Thank God in an atheist.“ Tamar

„Boredom had not been among the dangers that the SOE had prepared him for. No pompous little officer had stood in front of his class and said, "Right, chaps, today we're going to learn how to deal with a particularly nasty little situation that secret agents tend to find themselves in: being bored abso-bloody-lutely rigid".“ Tamar


„He taught me that language was rubbery, plastic. It wasn't, as I thought, something you just use, but something you can play with. Words were made up of little bits that could be shuffled, turned back to front, remixed. They could be tucked and folded into other words to produce unexpected things. It was like cookery, like alchemy. Language hid more than it revealed.“ Tamar

„Fundamentalism - of any variety - is a form of illiteracy, in that it asserts that it is necessary to read only one book.“

„This line of reasoning could have frightened him, but it did not. He gained a certain strength from it. Because, after all, what can be imagined can be achieved.

At the head of the stairs, he paused to straighten a mask that had been knocked askew.“
Tamar

„The past is a dark house, and we have only torches with dying batteries. It's probably best not to spend too much time in there in case the rotten floor gives way beneath our feet.“ Tamar

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