Friday, December 7, 2012

Book Beginnings: A Personal Odyssey

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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Henry was about to become a father again – if he lived that long.

-- A Personal Odyssey by Thomas Sowell.

I've read Sowell's columns and am impressed by him as a commentator, but I've never read his books.I decided to start with his memoirs to learn a little more of his backstory before reading his substantive books.

I am about halfway through and am engrossed.  His story is interesting and he is an incredibly smart, completely self-made man. He doesn't show much of a soft side, but the way he refuses to suffer fools is inspirational.


  1. both pessimistic and optimistic!

  2. That is an interesting first sentence. It makes you wonder what could be going on with Henry that he might not live to see the birth of his child!

  3. Never heard of him, but the BB definitely sounds interesting! Thanks for hosting!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  4. Sounds like an interesting book. I'm very intrigued by the first sentence!

    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

  5. The opener reads more like a fiction piece than real life!

  6. Sounds interesting. Not familiar with the author or his book, but your description makes it sound like a worthwhile read.

  7. Fantastic opening line...I find myself hoping that he is not in harm's way based solely on that opener. It promises more good writing to follow!



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