LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI – QUOTES (1992 Puffin edition)
“My mother was born here so as far as the Italians were concerned we weren’t completely one of them. Yet because my grandparents were born in Italy we weren’t completely Australian.” (p. 7) “It makes me feel I will never be a part of their society and I hate that because I’m just as smart as they are.” (p. 8) “The room isn’t like the living rooms of my parents… but I like it. Because my mother and I are stamped all over it.” (p. 10) “Telecom would go broke if it weren’t for the Italians.” (p. 11) “We tune into each other very well. Maybe because it’s always just been the two of us.” (p. 14) “Sometimes I think he is a myth. As far as the world is concerned, Michael Andretti was just the guy next door. But for him to be a myth means that I’m a figment of the imagination.” (p. 15) “Her [Sera’s] father, like most Italian fathers, thinks she’s the Virgin Mary and like most Italian fathers he is dead wrong.” (p. 19) “We grew up in the midst of the snobs of St. Martha’s and discovered that somehow brains didn’t count for much. Money, prestige and what your father did for a living counted. If your hair wasn’t in a bob or if your mother didn’t drive a Volvo you were a nobody.” (p. 21) “Purgatory. I hate it so much that when I die, and if God sends me there, I’ll beg him to send me to hell instead.” (p. 22) “We think we’re better than them [Cook High]. They think we’re the biggest dags in the world.” (p. 26) “I would have never thought that Jacob Coote would be passionate like that.” (p. 30) “But like always, with come-back links, it’s too late.” (p. 31) “…I want to belong to her world. The world of sleek haircuts and upper-class privileges. People who know famous people and lead educated lives. A world where I can be accepted. Please, God, let me be accepted by someone other than the underdog.” (p. 32) “I swear to got that if there is one thing I am going to escape in this life of rules and regulations it will be my dreaded rituals.” (p. 33) “Illegitimacy isn’t a big deal anymore.” (p.35) “You would think we had a completely different lifestyle like the Amish or something.” (p. 37) “ ‘Its not the youth of today, Nonna,’ I said angrily. ‘It’s you and people like you. Always worrying what other people think.’ ” (p. 37) “They [Josie’s family] stifle me with ridiculous rules and regulations they have bought with them from Europe, but they haven’t changed with the times like the Europeans have. There’s always something that shouldn’t be said or done. There are always jobs I have to learn because all good Italian girls know how to do them and one day I’ll need them to look after my chauvinistic husband. There’s always someone I have to respect. I have the word ‘respect’. It makes me sick to the stomach. I’ll run one day. Run for my life. To be free and think for myself. Not as an Australian and not as an Italian and not as an in-between. I’ll run to be emancipated. If my society will let me.” (p. 40)
“ ‘I know more than you about escaping tradition. You just kind of pave your own path.’ ” (p. 46) “ ‘It’s not that important to look like everyone else.’ ” [Christina to Josie] (p. 51) “He was the epitome of individuality.” (p. 55) “ ‘You don’t know what “me” is all about.’ ” [Jacob to Christina] (p. 55) “ ‘We’re the same, you know. You’re middle class and I’m middle class, except you’re a middle class snob who goes to an upper class school.’ ” [Jacob to Josie] (p. 62) “ ‘Oh God Michael. I’m thirty-four years old and I need a father. I can’t even begin to think of what my daughter needs.’ ” [Christina to Michael] (p. 66) “ ‘I thought we’d put our Italian emotion into gear and scream the place down. I never expected indifference.’ ” [Josie to Michael] (p. 68) “ ‘All I can come up with is that women keep their brains in their heads and men keep theirs in their pants.’ ” [Josie to Christina] (p. 71) “Maybe we...