Study Guide

Nine Perfect Strangers Allusions

By Liane Moriarty

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Steve Biddulph, Raising Boys (8.18)
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (11.20)
  • Judges 16, “What happened to Delilah after she cut off Samson’s hair?” (11.93)
  • Henry Scott Holland, “Death Is Nothing At All” (12.5)
  • Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (12.83)
  • Donald Horne, The Lucky Country (23.49)
  • William Shakespeare (32.12)
  • Jonah 2, “Like the whale swallowed Jonah” (38.3)
  • Genesis 2:15, The Garden of Eden (40.8)
  • 1 Corinthians 14:1, “It wasn’t clear how she understood what he was saying if he was speaking in tongues” (40.8)

Historical References

  • Titanic (6.40)
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir (15.26)
  • Neil Diamond, “Hot August Night” (23.64)
  • Steve Jobs (31.34)
  • Florence Nightingale (38.13)
  • Spanish Inquisition (52.6)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, “Moonlight Sonata” (55.7)
  • Gautama Buddha (62.23)
  • Hillary Clinton (73.33)

Pop Culture References

  • TripAdvisor (2.3)
  • Me Too Movement (4.97)
  • Star Wars (5.12)
  • The Bachelorette (5.17)
  • “I’m a Little Teapot” (5.18)
  • The Women’s March (6.9)
  • Kevin Costner (10.15)
  • Survivor (12.27)
  • Rob Lowe (12.87)
  • Breaking Bad (15.25)
  • Disneyland (21.30)
  • Dirty Dancing (23.88)
  • Desperately Seeking Susan (23.88)
  • The Breakfast Club (23.88)
  • Australian Open, Serena Williams (26.27)
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (26.27)
  • Orange Is the New Black (50.37)
  • “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” (55.2)
  • The Beatles, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” (50.8)
  • Don McLean, “Vincent” (55.5)
  • “When You Wish Upon a Star” (55.6)
  • U2 (59.29)
  • Johnny Nash, “I Can See Clearly Now” (61.27)
  • The Oscars (62.5)
  • The Kardashians (64.26)
  • Myers-Briggs Personality Test (67.48)
  • Top Gear (75.2)
  • Dances with Wolves (75.157)
  • The Bachelor (75.164)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (76.13)

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