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. 

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