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Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 457

In order to decide what quotes are important in the book, it is first necessary to discuss what the book is about and what the author wanted to convey. Continental Drift is the story of thirty-year-old Bob DuBois, an ordinary man with a wife and a couple of children. The blessing and curse of Bob is his ordinariness, Banks suggests. He spends all of his life in a small town in New Hampshire and works as a technician for an oil company. He lives in a working-class home, does his job well, and like everyone in his community, owes more than $20,000 in loans he has used to pay for his modest life.

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Within his seemingly good life, however, Bob feels trapped in his small-time New Hampshire town, where “there is never enough money” and where “nothing seems improved over yesterday.” Against this backdrop, the main character decides to relocate to Florida for an opportunity to realize his aspirations for himself and his family. Moving south, however, is not in any way a cure for Bob’s expectations. By leaving the town that he thinks is at the center of his plight, he leaves everything that gives his life meaning, including his job and his house.

At the center of this story, in the words of a February 1985 New York Times book review, is the fear of being unable to hold on to our dreams, and protect the people we love, given our susceptibility to failure and the rapid changes the country experienced at the time during which the novel is set.

Having talked about the main themes and narrative line of the text, we can now dive into the quotes:

In the second half of the first chapter, Bob says, referring to the American dream, that...

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