Thursday, September 30, 2010

Opening Sentence of the Day: The Mosquito Coast

"We drove past Tiny Polski's mansion house to the main road, and then the five miles into Northampton, Father talking the whole way about savages and the awfulness of America -- how it got turned into a dope-taking, door-locking, ulcerated danger zone of rabid scavengers and criminal millionaires and moral sneaks."

-- The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux.

Now that's some kind of opening sentence!

This book is on the Anthony Burgess list of Top 99 novels, and it won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.


  1. I have this book, but it's been sitting on the TBR shelf for ever so long. I'm sure I'd like it. The first sentence packs a lot of punch!

  2. Bybee -- This is an amazing book. It was not anything like I expected. I am still processing it.


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