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  • The Baroque style was intended to impress those who saw it.
  • Among many, many others, the following things were definitely not interesting: the pupillary sphincter, mitosis, baroque architecture, jokes that have physics equations as punch lines, the British monarchy, Russian grammar, and the significant rule that salt has played in human history.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • The harpsichord plucks along, the violins make big baroque flourishes—the low, angled space of the attic brims with sound.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • As with the marathon venery just completed, I could hear the action in almost baroque detail but the speech stayed muffled and indistinct, so I got the impression of shuffling angry feet, chairs wrenched around impatiently, banged doors, and voices rising in rage uttering words I was only partly able to comprehend.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • I liked the shameless extravaganza: gold leaf and baroque excesses did not put me off.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Baroque.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Looking down, I could see it was a string of small baroque pearls, those irregularly shaped productions of freshwater mussels, interspersed with tiny pierced-work gold roundels.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • …playing a gig so they can come listen. i’m not used to all the attention, to be truthful. my parents don’t have a clue about what I want to do with my life. they never ask. we never talk like this. i don’t think they even know i traded my baroque violin for an eight-string hardanger fiddle two years ago. after dinner we go back to olivia’s for some ice cream. their dog greets us at the door. an old dog. super sweet. she’d thrown up all over the hallway, though. olivia’s mom rushes…
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • "All right then," she said, in what I thought of as her Mary Poppins voice, "but just till I catch my breath," and we started down toward the crosswalk at Seventy-Ninth Street: past topiaries in baroque planters, ponderous doors laced with ironwork.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Polishing Grand Baroque with all its loops and curls is a two-arm job.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help

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  • One of them will be Russian Baroque and another will be No Kissing and another will be Dollar Bar and another will be If the Accident Will, and so on.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • I don’t even mean Baroque! I meant St. Germain.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • And the next great epoch in the history of mankind is the Baroque.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Max sat down to take a breather, perusing some of the spines before him: Great Works of the Nineteenth Century, Art of the Baroque, Secret Techniques of the Old Masters, Dada and Surrealism, The Genius of Rembrandt, Hidden Symbols of Bernini, A Renaissance of Art and Man, Dutch Masters of the Seventeenth Century, The Postmodern Dilemma … "David," Max hissed, overwhelmed by the thick books and unfamiliar names.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • To the right loomed the Palace of the Tribunal, the lush papal residence rivaled only by Versailles in its baroque embellishment.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Such baroque planning and complex execution don’t leave much room for naive, spontaneous composition.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Night after night in her baroque palace she wrote and rewrote the incredible pages, forcing from her despairing mind those miracles of wit and grace, those distilled chronicles of the viceregal court.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • The small calliope inside the carousel machinery rattle-snapped its nervous-stallion shivering drums, clashed its harvest-moon cymbals, toothed its castanets, and throatily choked and sobbed its reeds, whistles, and baroque flutes.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • An old seed-company calendar from Monterrey was nailed to the wall above them and in the corner stood an empty wire birdcage hung from a floorpedestal like some baroque lampstand.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • No rambling weeds here, no tattered wreaths, no jumble and confusion; nothing like the baroque efflorescences of Europe.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • She came out into Old Town Squarethe stern spires of Tyn Church, the irregular rectangle of Gothic and baroque houses.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • A cadet in full-dress salt-and-pepper looked like a baroque piece from a nineteenth-century chess set.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Margaret Kochamma’s tiny, ordered life relinquished itself to this truly baroque bedlam with the quiet gasp of a warm body entering a chilly sea.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Six Chronos Keep jutted from the easternmost rim of the great Bridle Range: a grim, baroque heap of sweating stones with three hundred rooms and halls, a maze of lightless corridors leading to deep halls, towers, turrets, balconies overlooking the northern moors, airshafts rising half a kilometer to light and rumored to drop to the world’s labyrinth itself, parapets scoured by cold winds from the peaks above, stairways— inside and out-carved from the mountain stone and leading nowhere,…
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Four sturdy mules pulled his wagon, a baroque-looking tank that appeared equal parts carriage and strongbox.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Cooper nodded, and turned the group’s attention toward their reflection in a nearby baroque mirror.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Do you know baroque?
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • In Korean, there are no separate sounds for L and R, the sound is singular and without a baroque Spanish trill or roll.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Felicia set aside pails of them but selected only one, a mother-of-pearl shell, a baroque Spanish fan with which later to taunt her suitors.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • He established a network of mysterious contacts that enabled him to buy antiques, particularly baroque French porcelain, for which he had a weakness.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Wealthy families like ours always have elaborate funerals—Metias’s takes place inside a building with soaring baroque archways and stained-glass windows.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • The baroque chairs, with little upholstered cushions on the arms, were placed around a circular, brass-trimmed table; behind this stood the sofa, likewise baroque and strewn with silk plush pillows.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • She purred along up the east side of the bay, presently climbed into the Berkeley hills and arrived close to midnight at a sprawling, many-leveled, German-baroque hotel, carpeted in deep green, going in for curved corridors and ornamental chandeliers.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Of course the film was strange at first, elusive in its references and filled with baroque apparitions and hard to adapt to—you wouldn’t want it any other way Overcomposed close-ups, momentous gesturing, actors trailing their immense bended shadows and there was something to study in every frame, the camera placement, the shapes and planes and then the juxtaposed shots, the sense of rhythmic contradiction, it was all spaces and volumes, it was tempo, mass and stress.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • "In this replacement Earth we’re building they’ve given me Africa to do and of course I’m doing it with all fjords again because I happen to like them, and I’m old-fashioned enough to think that they give a lovely baroque feel to a continent.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • …the sombre vengeful woman who was his mother and the grim rocklike man who had looked at him every day for ten days with absolutely no alteration of expression at all, facing one another in grim armistice after almost thirty years in that rich baroque drawing room in that house which he called home since apparently everybody seemed to have to have a home, the man who he was now sure was his father not humble now either (and he, Bon, proud of that), not saying even now I was wrong but I…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • None of the baroque ecstasy, none of the grotesque compulsion.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Half of the sculpting done in Renaissance and Baroque Rome was for the funeraries.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The light from the single source threw the baroque detailing of Montana’s body into sharp relief.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • The church was lavish baroque …. gilded walls and altars.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • We are going to talk about the seventeenth century—or what we generally refer to as the Baroque period.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • This is a baroque chapel, Robert, not some damn German castle!
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The Baroque such stuff as dreams are made on Sophie heard nothing more from Alberto for several days, but she glanced frequently into the garden hoping to catch sight of Hermes.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The word ’baroque’ comes from a word that was first used to describe a pearl of irregular shape.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Irregularity was typical of Baroque art, which was much richer in highly contrastive forms than the plainer and more harmonious Renaissance art.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • One of the Baroque period’s favorite sayings was the Latin expression ’carpe diem’—’seize the day.’
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The Baroque period was also an age of conflict in a political sense.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • It has often been said that the political situation in the Baroque period was not unlike its art and architecture.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Baroque buildings were typified by a lot of ornate nooks and crannies.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The assassination of Gustav III wasn’t until 1792, but the circumstances were quite baroque.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
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