Friday, July 20, 2012

Book Beginnings: Mr. Sammler's Planet

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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Shortly after dawn, or what would have been dawn in a normal sky, Mr. Artur Sammler with his bushy eye took in the books and papers of his West Side bedroom and suspected strongly that they were the wrong books, the wrong papers.

 -- Mr. Sammler's Planet by Saul Bellow. This won the National Book Award in 1971.  It counts as my second National winner for the 2012 Battle of the Prizes, American Version.

I really love Saul Bellow's books (Henderson the Rain King being the notable exception), but I only read one every couple of years because they are really rich.  I have to be in the mood to work a little.  The payoff is huge -- they are very entertaining, charming, funny, and just plain wonderful -- but they take some attention and thought.

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