Thursday, November 5, 2015

Book Beginning: Honey in the Horn


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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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



There was a run-down old tollbridge station in the Shoestring Valley of Southern Oregon where Uncle Preston Shiveley had lived for fifty years, outlasting a wife, two sons, several plagues of grasshoppers, wheat-rust and caterpillars, a couple or three invasions of land-hunting settlers and real-estate speculators, and everybody else except the scattering of old pioneers who had cockleburred themselves onto the country at about the same time he did.

-- Honey in the Horn by H. L. Davis. I'm a sucker for shaggy opening sentences like this that set the stage and give a whole backstory in one go.

Honey in the Horn, Davis's 1936 Pulitzer Prize winner, is a classic coming of age novel set in Oregon in the early 1900s. This reprint edition from OSU Press features a new introduction by Richard W. Etulain.


  1. A great start. Sounds like a great family saga.

  2. As you say the whole story in one opening paragraph. Nice.

  3. Great opening lines! Very tempting....

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  5. That's quite an opening. Very tempting... :)

  6. Hi Gilion,

    What a totally immersive opening paragraph, really well considered words, designed to pull the reader in right from the very beginning.

    From time to time I enjoy reading fiction, both UK and Internationally centric, which has a real sense of social history as a pivotal element of the storyline and this one seems to tick all the boxes :)

    Thanks for sharing and hosting :)


  7. I agree with you about the opening sentence sucking you in.
    My Friday Quotes,

  8. Oh....I love the cover, and this sounds like a book I would truly enjoy.

    Thanks for sharing, and have a wonderful weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  9. I love the language in the opening sentence. "Cockleburred themselves" makes me smile.
    Thank you for hosting Book Beginnings every week.

  10. Heheheh. Cockleburred. I want to read it just for that!

  11. Hi Gillion,
    Sounds like an awesome book, I'll have to check it out. Have a great day!

  12. I got this from the library some time ago, but didn't get it read. Now that you've reminded me, I'll have to get the book again.

  13. I love book beginnings like this one, too :)

  14. I like the beginning of this. I'm imagining a wide open range. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

  15. Such a descriptive beginning! I think I'd never have thought to use "cockleburred" in that way!


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