Thursday, 9 September 2010

A journey - to Casablanca?

Walking past Waterstone’s bookshop yesterday I noticed that our exciting recent literary phenomenon, Tony Blair’s A Journey, was on offer at half price.

Nothing expresses my reaction better than an exchange from that classic film Casablanca. Rick (Humphrey Bogart) is listening to Ugarte (Peter Lorre) trying to justify selling an exit visa to refugees who can’t afford to pay the price charged by the chief of police, Renault (Claude Raines):

Ugarte: Rick, think of all the poor devils who can’t meet Renault’s price. I get it for them for half. Is that so… parasitic?

Rick: I don’t mind a parasite. I object to a cut rate one.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope you did not "put money in his purse!"