Friday, April 2, 2010

Opening Sentence of the Day: Ex Libris



"When the Irish novelist John McGahern was a child, his sisters unlaced and removed one of his shoes while he was reading."

From the Preface to Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman.

"A few months ago, my husband and I decided to mix our books together."

From "Marrying Libraries," the first essay in Ex Libris.

I love the opening to the Preface because I remember reading like that, especially when I was a kid. I could be so engrossed in a book that I was oblivious to anything around me.

And the "marrying libraries" idea had me laughing. My husband and I have been married now for nigh on 10 years, and our books only started co-habitating when we moved to our present house a year ago. They are still not fully integrated.


NOTE
Book Beginnings on Fridays is a Friday "opening sentence" event hosted by Becky at Page Turners

15 comments :

Colleen said...

Oh, I love this book and I'm sure you will too! It had me laughing out loud in public like a fool a number of times.

JoAnn said...

Oh, I loved this one!

Rose City Reader said...

Colleen and JoAnn -- I do love this one. I only wish it were longer. I'm whipping right through it. I have her Re-Reading book, but I think she just edited that one and it is essays by other people. So it won't be the same fun.

Juanita said...

Sounds so good! I was also definitely that child, lost to the world when reading a good book.

So many books to read, so little time!

Rose City Reader said...

Jaunita -- I wish my brain could turn tune out so thoroughly now. It can, but it is harder to achieve than when I was a kid.

As for So Many Books, So Little Time, that was another book I enjoyed a ton. :)

Carin said...

I lived with my boyfriend in college one summer and in that tiny apartment we ended up with book cohabitating - and I regretted it deeply as I lost a half-dozen that way. Although I now have a policy of getting rid of read books, that doesn't apply to my college books and it still bugs me every once in a while when I think of one of those books that ended up accidentally moving back to Virginia with him when we broke up.

Nise' said...

This is a new to me book. Will have to check it out.

Christina T said...

I enjoyed the sentences you shared. Sounds like a great book.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Fab fab! I love it!

Rose City Reader said...

Carin -- I have the same sour memories of some books I lost when my first husband and I split. Every so often, I'll go look for something and then realize, Dang it! I lost custody of that one.

Nise' -- It's a great booklover's book. A lot of it hits home.

Christina -- Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

Juju -- Fab fab, indeed! I just wish it was a longer book.

Bybee said...

I love Ex Libris...loaned it out and haven't gotten it back. Usually, I don't fuss but this book is an exception.

Rose City Reader said...

Bybee -- Oh no! This isn't one to lose because it is the kind of book you want to dip into from time to time.

I give away many books after I read them, but if I have a certain attachment, I have a bad attitude about lending them. I've been known to buy a copy for a friend who asks to borrow mine. :)

Becky said...

They are both great first lines!! Fortunately my boyfriend doesn't read so I dont have to wrorry about mixing books. Having said that, I dont think I would be comfortable with it at all!

All the books you read always seem sooo good!! You have great taste

Alyce said...

My husband and I have been married for 12 years and it was only in this last year that I added his classic lit into my fiction collection. The rest of his books are still separate from mine. It's not intentional, it just seems to happen. :)

Bibliophile said...

I loved Ex Libris. Great book for book lovers.

I was such a dedicated reader when I was a child that my grandmother ended up taking me to the doctor to get my hearing checked, because I shut everything out so much when I was reading that I literally didn't hear it when I was spoken to.

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