Friday, February 12, 2010

Opening Sentence of the Day: Three Loves

"When she finished dressing, Lucy went to her bedroom window, but there was still no sign of Frank."

-- Three Loves by A. J. Cronin. No cover picture available.

A. J. Cronin was a Scottish writer, best known for several of his novels that were made into movies, including The Citadel, The Keys of the Kingdom, and The Green Years, all of which were adapted to film.

Three Loves is his first novel.  Published in 1932, the novel is about the three loves of Lucy Moore -- her husband, her son, and God. So far, it reminds me of a slightly dated Maeve Binchy novel.  I like it.

I've had a copy of The Green Years on my TBR shelf for decades, but have never read it or any of his other books. But I found a nice matching set of hardbacks at a library book sale, so I am going to gradually make my way through them in publication order.

This one counts as one of the books I am reading for the Chunkster Challenge because it is over 550 pages long.


  1. 550 pages! I would not do well with the Chunkster Challenge.

  2. In fact, it only has to be over 450 pages. I thought it was 550, too, but then I checked just today because I read one that was 509, and found out it counted!

  3. Charley -- It's long, but it is going fast! I've been reading some pretty short books so far this year, so it has been fun to sink into this long one.

    JT -- 450 makes it easier to read all the Chunksters I hope to get to for the challenge. This one definitely counts then. But it's not long enough to be one of the super Chunksters (600+ pages).


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