Thursday, December 19, 2013

Book Beginning: The Dean's December by Saul Bellow

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.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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Corde, who led the life of an executive in America – wasn't a college dean a kind of executive? – found himself six or seven thousand miles from his base, in Bucharest, in winter, shut up in an old-fashioned apartment.

-- The Dean's December by Saul Bellow, one of my very favorite authors. I enjoy Bellow more and more.  His dense, chewy prose takes time to get through, but that makes me feel like I am living the story along with the characters.

And, yes, I am reading this now because it has December in the title.

6 Days to Christmas!

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