Nifty quotes from Foreign Matter

Work is a spectator sport. I always step back and sit down while someone stands over me with a parasol.

I am an athlete of sleep. An endurance sleeper. Long training and simple love of the sport have placed me in the first rank of sleepers. I am respected in my field.

A change, they say, is as good as a rest, though I regard the position as extreme.

But he was a comrade, after all, a fellow fugitive from the it-isn’t-doing-you-any-good-unless-it-hurts society. And as to wasting his time and accomplishing nothing that was of any use to the world, his credentials were impeccable. I could not be altogether displeased to see him.

I was a three-page article in every computer in the banking system. It’s a full-time job just keeping out of Big Brother’s way. I used up my last milligram of credit and then, on the principle that you can always get a little more toothpaste out of the tube, borrowed enough for a plane ticket to Paris and shook off the dust.

If I went back to America now they’d never let me out of sight again. Have you ever met a collection agent? Most of them couldn’t make it as thugs and they’re bitter about it.

"Toby!" She squeezed tears into her eyes. "You said you were going to love me forever!"  "That was forever,” I said. I certainly felt like a cad.

Better to have loved and lost than anything else, really.


On the hardcover (Atheneum/Macmillan, New York):

“A very, very funny book."—The West Coast Review of Books

“Fresh and spirited.”—Publishers Weekly
“Enormously enjoyable.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A complete success.”—Books in Canada
“A delightfully comic creation.”—The Montreal Gazette
“Funny, ebullient comedy of errors.”—Santa Cruz Sentinal
“The feel of a Peter Sellers movie.”—Wichita Eagle-Beacon
“Fast-moving and funny.”—Anniston Star
“Could bode well for his future.”—The New York Times

On the Kindle:


"This was the most hilarious book I have ever read. I laughed out loud again and again….and then I would hit another part that had me laughing some more. I was kind of sad when I finished it." Pat Thompson, Goodreads


"Physical comedy sequences on par with the best of Chaplin and Keaton." Jon Zelazny, Amazon




Also by Robert MacLean, the "Toby" books,
Will You Please Fuck Off? at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon FRAmazon DEAmazon ITAmazon ES and Smashwords;
Foreign Matter at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon FRAmazon DEAmazon ITAmazon ES and Smashwords; 
Total Moisture at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon FRAmazon DEAmazon ITAmazon ES and Smashwords; 
and these, too,
Mortal Coil: A Comedy of Corpses at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon FRAmazon DE, Amazon IT and Amazon ES;
The President's Palm Reader: A Washington Comedy at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon FRAmazon DEAmazon IT and Amazon ES; and
Greek Island Murder at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon FRAmazon DEAmazon IT and Amazon ES.


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