Thursday, February 1, 2018

Book Beginning: From a View to a Death by Anthony Powell




They drove uncertainly along the avenue that led to the house, through the bars of light that fell between the tree trunks and made shadows of the lime-trees strike obliquely across the gravel. The nave-blue car was built high off the ground and the name on its bonnet recalled a bankrupt, forgotten firm of motor-makers.

-- From a View to a Death by Anthony Powell.

Good thing I don’t read with a highlighter because I’d be tempted to mark up every page, this book is so funny. Droll is a better word. I actually snorted on the plane the other day when something caught me so by surprise.

I’m a huge Anthony Powell fan, as his opus Dance to the Music of Time is my “desert island” book. Kind of a cheat, I know, since it is really 12 books.

The title for this book comes from a song and is a fox hunting reference. Princess Margaret said the same line in an episode of The Crown in season two, "From a view to a death in the morning."

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.



  1. You've got a great choice there! I haven't read that in ages, and now I'm wondering if I've got a copy lol Too late to look now. I must sleep! :)

  2. Sounds good! Love the snack next to the book, too!

  3. You've got me curious about this author. Going to look up his back list.

  4. I am glad that the book is humorous and that you are enjoying it. I wondered as I read the opening lines if the author was trying TOO hard.

  5. This sounds like a fun read, Gillion! I do love a funny book. I am glad you are enjoying it!

  6. I love this dry and droll style of classic early / mid 1900s writing, although I have to confess that I have read nothing by this particular author. The attention to every small detail is what sets the writing apart from its modern day counterparts, almost encouraging the reader to think about each and every word.

    I hope that you enjoy the story also, although it sounds as though you are, if you are busy sharing with your fellow travellers :)


  7. I've never read anything by this author - I'll have to give him a try. I haven't started season 2 of The Crown yet...sigh

  8. Great pick this week. I haven't heard of it before. So, thanks for mentioning it!

  9. I'm always on the lookout for humorous writers. The descriptions of the light and also the car manufacturer are intriguing.

    You always are reading such interesting books.

  10. Sounds like an interesting book! Enjoy. :)

  11. Oh I haven't read this one but I love the beginning and a book that has me laughing. I'm definitely adding to my TBR.

  12. GREAT photo...very creative!!

    ENJOY, and thanks for hosting.

  13. I've never read this one. Love your photo! I'd love for you and your readers to check out my BB & 56 for today . . .

  14. That sounds like a fun read! Enjoy. :)

  15. Oooh. I haven't read that one. Hope it's as fun as Dance To The Music of Time.

  16. Such a beautiful book cover! So classic - I love it! And I hope it's an excellent read.
    Also, thanks for running this link-up. So much fun!


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