Friday, August 17, 2012

Book Beginnings: Swan Peak

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

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Clete Purcel had heard of people who sleep without dreaming, but either because of the era and neighborhood in which he had grown up, or the later experiences that had come to define his life, he could not think of sleep as anything other than an uncontrolled descent into the basement where the gargoyles turned somersaults like circus midgets.
-- Swan Peak by James Lee Burke.

Oh, my.  That packs quite a bit into an opening sentence.  And by the end of the first page, we've gone through child abuse and Vietnam flashbacks.  JLB is the best there is, but he can lay it on with a trowel sometimes. 


  1. Wow, that certainly is a lot to take in first up. You do have to admire people when they don't waste time beating around the bush though. Funnily enough my book beginning involves dreaming too...

  2. That is definitely an interesting beginning. I quite like sleep, but this character sounds like he has nightmares a lot! Thanks for sharing and hosting! :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  3. It sounds like a terrible beginnging :o

    Thanks for sharing and hosting another week :D

  4. What interesting nightmares he has...

  5. Wow! This one sounds really good. I can't wait to read your review!

  6. So are those dreams good experiences or bad? Gargoyles performing somersaults sounds pretty entertaining to me.

  7. I don't know what to think!

  8. Interesting beginning. I think I'd have trouble sleeping as well!

  9. Oh my. Sounds like inner turmoil!
    Great beginning. Thanks for sharing and hosting!

  10. Very cool beginning. I have to check out this book. Like the title too.


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