Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Opening Sentence: Living

Bridesley, Birmingham.
-- Living by Henry Green.

I have a pet peeve about books that open with non-sentences punctuated like sentences.  It's a very small pet, though, only a hamster-sized, or even goldfish-sized peeve. I can get over it.

The first real sentence is better:
Thousands came back from dinner along streets.
The opening scene is of all the workers returning to their factories after going home for lunch.

Living is one of Henry Green's three best-known novels, along with Loving and Party Going, compiled in my editionLiving contrasts the lives of factory workers and owners at an English iron foundry. 

I am reading this for the Henry Green Week reading challenge, hosted by Winstonsdad's Blog.


  1. I've never heard of Henry Green before. Just the title of his books drew me in. Party-going? I can get behind that. For that matter, "Loving, Living, Party-Going" sounds like it might be my new life motto. :)

    Thanks for posting this.

  2. thanks for the mention ,this book tackles one of the main thinks he likes to tackle in his fiction class ,all the best stu

  3. Cath: That would be a great life motto!

    Stu: Thanks for hosting. The book is making me grumble, so far. I can handle the dialect, but the lack of definite articles is bugging me.


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