Friday, June 7, 2013

Book Beginning: Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis

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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The driver of the wagon swaying through forest and swamp of the Ohio wilderness was a ragged girl of fourteen.
 -- Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis.  This is a misleading beginning because after half a page of wagon trail woe the short section ends with, "That was the great-grandmother of Martin Arrowsmith" and we jump forward 100 years to the story of Martin's medical career.

Arrowsmith won the Pulitzer Prize in 1926.


  1. OH, I read Arrowsmith in high school and absolutely loved it. I still think about it every once n a while it was just that good.

  2. Sounds like an interesting title, I don't remember if I've ever come across it but I'll have to check it out :) Thanks for sharing the opening lines with us!

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  3. Doctorow - awesome! Great read! I've just run across your meme on another blog and have it earmarked to start participating in! :)

  4. I have heard a lot about this book. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I've been going through a two month spell where I'm not finding any books interesting enough to finish. Maybe I should concentrate on the classics for a while.

  6. Arrowsmith is on my library reserve list, and looking forward to reading it. This is my first time on your meme.

  7. I've never read any Sinclair Lewis before. Hope you're enjoying this one.

  8. What is a 14 year old driving a car?!


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