Some brief extracts –
– There was no doubt, Glen told himself, this was a hat for a man.
– In such a closed community rumours are bound to spread. And they did.
– The ship’s sister was now visible from the bridge – every square foot of the promenade was occupied. No doubt below decks the Chief Engineer was occupied pumping water into the port tanks to avoid the ship passing the point of no return at 65 degrees list.
– The acknowledged heavyweights – sisters Savvy and Serial Shopper, Mrs Bling Festooned, Tania Trade, Sally Sale, Bert Buyer and Con Sumer – led the wave that swept through the stores in the Ocean Terminal out into Canton Road, then surged down Peking Road towards Nathan Road, before spilling out into further streets of downtown Kowloon.
– Step after step, eyes fixed rigidly on the end of each span, Ngaio moved on, still talking to God.
– “You like gods? Pictures of Indian gods,” said a pair of boys working in tandem. “Elephant-head god, monkey god, god with six arms…”
– Yvonne thought of Eduardo and the woman who was prepared to travel in a train for a total of twelve hundred kilometers to see him for a few hours. She hoped they were, at this very moment, fully enveloped in the sort of ecstatic embrace freely depicted in examples of Indian temple art.
– Lynn heard once more that it was the Germans who were monopolising all the deck chairs. In her forays around deck, however, she had noted a decided lack of anything she recognized as a Teutonic accent.
– Dick wondered if a fleet of speedboats under orders from a Somali warlord was heading towards them at that very moment.
– All the bodies stretched out on display showed no regard for the local dress code – men sported briefs that didn’t stretch to warrant even that name; the women’s bikini bottoms couldn’t be smaller and the tops were often non-existent. They wondered how the young male waiters on duty managed to reconcile the sight with the fully clad women in their own families.
– If there were gods like this right on hand among the reeds of the Nile, why had Cleopatra lusted after the Romans?
– With the Greek pantheon including its own Goddess of Dawn in the form of Eos, the arrival at their shore of a Roman rival was bound to cause offence.
– Jovial Joe, passing through the lounge area on the lookout for last-day opportunities to cross off another joke from his list, saw his opportunity.