More metaphors

by Jennifer Bryce

As a writer, I find it helpful, instructive and intriguing to keep collections of what I (rather loosely sometimes) call metaphors or similes that jump out at me when I’m reading. Here are some that I’ve come across recently.

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All the wretchedness of their shared pasts had been distilled into this one child Kate Atkinson: Big Sky, p. 11
With the remnant of his laughter still trickling from his face Kingsley Amis: Lucky Jim, p.46
Through the tulle of darkness Lee Kofman: The Dangerous Bride, p.75
Prongs of excitement Lee Kofman: The Dangerous Bride, p.92
Its walls seemed to throb with his anger Pat Barker: Life Class, p.5
Corrugated faces Michelle de Kretser: The Life to Come, P.25
Someone’s scraped me out with a spoon Michelle de Kretser: The Life to Come, P.66
The lights along the embankment shuddered in the water Michelle de Kretser: The Life to Come, P.132
A thorny sort of woman Michelle de Kretser: The Life to Come, P.149
Citrus-sharp brain (Diana Mosley) Laura Thompson: The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters p. 238
His glare could have burned through brick Kate Grenville: A Room Made of Leaves p.145
The tangling of two hearts Kate Grenville: A Room Made of Leaves p.232
My smile felt as brittle as porcelain Kate Grenville: A Room Made of Leaves p.233

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