Friday, March 22, 2013

Book Beginnings: The Hour

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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MR. LINKY: Please leave a link to your post below. If you don't have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.


Oops! My beginning went missing there. Here it is:

We are a pious people but a proud one too, aware of a noble lineage and a great inheritance.

-- The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto by Bernard DeVoto.

DeVoto wrote history books, novels, a magazine column for Harper's and this delightful homage to the cocktail hour.  First published in 1948, my edition is a reprint from Tin House with an introduction by Daniel Handler.


  1. Hi Gilion,

    I obviously linked up a little too quickly, before you had the chance to post your own first lines.

    Due to the time difference, it is 8am UK time and I have to dash off to work.

    I shall try to stop by again later this evening and comment.

    Thanks for hosting,


  2. I know I haven't been here every week but thanks again for hosting! I'm pretty excited about the Haven Kimmel novel I'm teasing us with today, Iodine.

  3. Hi Gilion,

    I have never heard of Bernard DeVoto before, so I had to check him out and was most surprised to discover that he was American.

    The lines you highlighted today, sound so much like those that would be used in a 'Gentleman's Club' in Mayfair, London ... so very pompous and overbearing ... they really did make me chuckle!


  4. For me he is a new author.

  5. Love the Meme! Have a great day!


  6. Very pompous and assured sounding...

    I'm running late this week. Just posted.


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