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  • The recovery teams retrieve bodies along with each piece of flotsam that might provide a clue.
  • Too much flotsam finds its way to my inbox.
  • But all these suggestions were but flotsam and jetsam cast to the surface by a more profound disturbance...
    Virginia Woolf  --  Night and Day
  • ...all the flotsam and jetsam of wild spirits from the madly complicated modern world.
    Jack London  --  The Night-Born

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  • Next, he gathered dry grasses and tiny twigs from the high-water flotsam.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • It was the type of flotsam and jetsam (a pair of words I had just learned from the dictionary) that washes up on your coffee table, lies around for a week or so, and then makes way for whatever comes in on the next tide.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • ...the flotsam and jetsam that life washed up on our shores!
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • Just some of the weird flotsam on a riverbank, but we keep everything in a search like that.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • There was a thick stripe of seaweed, with crab shells and flotsam embedded, and she threaded her fingers through it.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • We tried to paddle against it but had no more luck than flotsam caught in a tidal wave, and then it thudded against our feet and we were rising, too, riding its back.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • The great river of a road grew clogged and choked with the flotsam of a hundred carts and pedestrians, dozens of wains and wagons and the occasional mounted man.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I kept working, gathering the flotsam with the long net.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Infinite waters cohabit with flotsam on this side of the breakwater and the luxury liners and Maldive fishing vessels steam out to erase calm sea.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Tree bark, he would have guessed, or sewer-grate flotsam.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Wringer
  • On a reconnaissance foray into the bowels of the great closet that harbored the jetsam and flotsam washed into the schoolroom over the years, I unearthed a brand-new automatic movie projector.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Maybe a toe here, a nostril there, or a mustache, floating like a little curl of seaweed among the other flotsam.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Only rain, marauding waves of black ocean and the flotsam of tragedy.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The city was leveled: rubble and dust for miles, the Thames choked with flotsam.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • In a little while the chaplain stepped back, and the beige crescent of human forms began to break up sluggishly, like flotsam.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Fire and water collided, superheated steam, and I shot upward from the heart of the volcano in a huge explosion, just one piece of flotsam thrown free by a million pounds of pressure.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • What flotsam and jetsam we were, women of all accents and prospects washed up there boiling grits or pasta, whatever we knew as comfort, united by our effort not to think about our husbands’ hands learning to cradle a gun.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • It was all the dwarves could do to keep the rafts from being tossed like flotsam before the inexorable current and to avoid smashing into the trees that occasionally floated by.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The Imperium, the CHOAM Company, all the Great Houses, they are but bits of flotsam in the path of the flood.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • It clucks and murmurs among the spokes and about the mules’ knees, yellow, skummed with flotsam and with thick soiled gouts of foam as though it had sweat, lathering, like a driven horse.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Then again, it wasn’t as if she’d ever seen his bedroom at home, which presumably was covered with band posters, sports trophies, boxes of those games he loved to play, musical instruments, books—all the flotsam and jetsam of a normal life.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Today’s Taxila contained the architectural flotsam of the ancient world.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • He stood at the edge of the glacier, leaning on the staff with the golden eagle, gazing down at the wreckage he’d caused: several hundred acres of newly open water dotted with icebergs and flotsam from the ruined camp.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • You are welcome to it; it came from the flotsam of Isengard.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Much of this "new knowledge" is actually the flotsam of old thought, some of whose roots go back to Hellenism.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • We can’t leave her drifting like flotsam through the sky lanes.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • He can’t in good conscience send her back into it, to become flotsam on the subsocietal tide that washes up now and then in his office, depositing others like her.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • It spins now, fading, without progress, as though turned by that final flood which had rushed out of him, leaving his body empty and lighter than a forgotten leaf and even more trivial than flotsam lying spent and still upon the window ledge which has no solidity beneath hands that have no weight; so that it can be now Now.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • I found some of it hard to endure, though I am a mild-tempered man; but, certainly, when I told the captain to "shut up" I had forgotten that I was merely a bit of human flotsam, cut off from my resources and with my fare unpaid; a mere casual dependant on the bounty, or speculative enterprise, of the ship.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • …whole passel of them from the father through the grown daughters down to one that couldn’t even walk yet, sliding back down out of the mountains and skating in a kind of accelerating and sloven and inert coherence like a useless collection of flotsam on a flooded river moving by some perverse automotivation such as inanimate objects sometimes show, backward against the very current of the stream, across the Virginia plateau and into the slack lowlands about the mouth of the James Rivet…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • First the traffic struck me like a tidal wave and carried me along, a bit of shiny flotsam bounded in front by a gasoline truck half a block long.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • The raging wind was too strong for Saphira to resist, and she continued to rise and fall in the cycling air, like a piece of flotsam caught in a whirlpool.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • The piers did not project, but against each lay a little accumulation of flotsam, from which driftweed and sticks continually broke away to be carried through the bridge.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Gaea opened the earth, and I was consumed, exiled here in the belly of my father Tartarus, where all the useless flotsam collects—all the bits of creation he does not care for.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • A good fifty percent of it isn’t real boat material at all, just a garble of ropes, cables, planks, nets, and other debris tied together on top of whatever kind of flotsam was handy.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • When we went back to look, the waves had thrown out unwanted flotsam from the ocean, including some big crabs that I guess weren’t strong enough to cling to the ocean floor, but they were still alive.
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone
  • I took my mind, my being, the old dejected, almost inanimate object, and lashed it about among these odds and ends, sticks and straws, detestable little bits of wreckage, flotsam and jetsam, floating on the oily surface.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • A dazzling breaker of sunlight burst over his head, swamped him in reeling blur of brilliance, and then receded … A row of frame houses half in thin shade, a pitted gutter, a yawning ashcan, flotsam on the shore, his street.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • On a daily basis, he launched into Labrador evader mode. banging around the house, tail thumping the walls and furniture. and on a daily basis I continued to pry open his jaws and extract from the roof of his mouth all sorts of flotsam from our daily lives—potato skins and muffin wrappers, discarded Kleenex and dental floss.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Chapter 9 Flotsam and Jetsam Gandalf and the King’s company rode away, turning eastward to make the circuit of the ruined walls of Isengard.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • …stamps (7 schilling, mauve, imperforate, Hamburg, 1866: 4 pence, rose, blue paper, perforate, Great Britain, 1855: 1 franc, stone, official, rouletted, diagonal surcharge, Luxemburg, 1878), antique dynastical ring, unique relic) in unusual repositories or by unusual means: from the air (dropped by an eagle in flight), by fire (amid the carbonised remains of an incendiated edifice), in the sea (amid flotsam, jetsam, lagan and derelict), on earth (in the gizzard of a comestible fowl).
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The black colonial-era Morris, flotsam abandoned in ’Pindi by the ebbing tide of British empire, purled quietly along still-sleeping streets.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • We spent a busy time after that, searching the flotsam, and rummaging about.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • It was through our search for man-food that Pippin discovered the prize of all the flotsam, those Hornblower barrels.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Remnants of the vessels are often found as flotsam on the beaches of the two islands.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
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