Thursday, February 25, 2016

Book Beginning: Fallen into the Pit



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MY BOOK BEGINNING



The war ended, and the young men came home, and tried indignantly to fit themselves into old clothes and old habits which proved, on examination, to be both a little threadbare, and on trial to be cripplingly small for bodies and minds mysteriously grown in absence.

Fallen into the Pit by Ellis Peters. First published in 1951, this is the first in Peters's Inspector Felse series. She is also the author of the popular Brother Cadfael series of Medieval mysteries.

Peters won the Edgar Award for the second book in the Felse series, Death and the Joyful Woman (1963), and I want to read that one for the Silver version of the 2016 Vintage Mystery Challenge. But it is hard for me to read a series out of order, so I am starting with this one.

14 comments :

Bev Bouwer said...

That is a beautiful beginning. I think I will be thinking about clothes and habits too small for returning soldiers for a long time. And I also can't start a book series with number 2. Has to be #1. Enjoy!

Maria said...

I like this beginning - I think it's very descriptive of what happens to young men who come back from war - they are uncomfortable in their old clothes and lives.

Lauren Stoolfire said...

I've heard of the author's other series and would definitely like to try it out. :)

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Gilion,

I don't know why I have never afforded this author the same status as the likes of Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh, authors of the same generation, whom I read so avidly in my youth. I have read one or two of the stand alone novels Ellis Peters wrote under her own name of Edith Pargeter, but never any she penned under any of her many pseudonyms.

Those poignant and touching opening lines have really piqued my interest though and I shall definitely be making an effort to catch up with some more of this author's books.

Thanks for sharing and hosting, enjoy your weekend :)

Yvonne

Anne Bennett said...

I can't even imagine starting a series which started back in the 1950s. Wow.

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proseandkahn said...

Ellis Peters was one of my favorite authors from the time when I read books for grown-ups! Enjoy!

brenda

Sherry Fundin said...

Don't think I've ever read anything by Peters. Have a great weekend.

Tea Norman said...

I love this mystery series. Enjoy.

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Sherrie said...

Hi Gillion,
Sounds like a good book. Never heard of this series. I'll have to check it out. Have a great day!

wordsandpeace.com said...

ah, I love the Cadfael series! Let me know if she's as good in this one

Elizabeth said...

I had the incorrect link in my other comment. :)

Excellent beginning...love the cover.

ENJOY your reading weekend.

Elizabeth
Silver's Reviews
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Diane Coto said...

Sounds interesting. Although I have to say, I'm having trouble even pronouncing the word, "cripplingly." :)
@dino0726 from 
FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

LuAnn Braley said...

I'm with you on reading the series out of order. I think I may get hives when that happens. (J/K).

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