Friday, October 29, 2010

Opening Sentence of the Day: The Sea, the Sea



"The sea which lies before me as I write glows rather than sparkles in the bland May sunshine."

-- The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch, a novel about an aging playwright/director/actor who retires to the North Sea coast of England.

This won the Booker prize in 1978. I am reading it for my  Battle of the Prizes, British Version challenge. It will also count as one of my Chunkster Challenge reads.




Book Beginnings on Friday is a weekly Opening Sentence event now hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages

9 comments :

Crystal ♥ said...

Just poppin' on by to say "Hi!" this Friday.

Have a fantastic weekend!

http://readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.blogspot.com/

Rose City Reader said...

Thanks for visiting Crystal. I'll stop by.

Bev Hankins said...

Stopping by on Book Beginnings. Happy Friday!

Marie said...

I loved this book; it's so interesting and weird in a way. Murdoch is amazing but I'll bet you already know that :-)

Rose City Reader said...

Bev -- Thanks for stopping by!

Marie -- "Interesting and weird" describes so many of Murdoch's books. I love them, even though I don't, as a rule, like magic in books. And she will often slip something in that is downright magical, or at least metaphysical -- like the bad guy in A Fairly Honourable Defeat being the devil, or the good guy in Jackson's Dilemma being an angel.

Becky (Page Turners) said...

I purchased this book only the other day and now I can't wait to read it

Rose City Reader said...

Becky -- Even though it is long and dense, the story unfolds so naturally that I am swept along in it. I love it.

Sandra said...

I enjoyed this book very much myself, it was only my second by Murdoch. I look forward to your thoughts on it.

Katy F. said...

This sounds really interesting. I'll have to see if I can track down a copy at the library.

Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings on Friday! :)

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