Thursday, March 7, 2019

Book Beginning: Staying On by Paul Scott



When Tusker Smalley died of a massive coronary at approximately 9:30 am on the last Monday in April, 1972, his wife Lucy was out, having her white hair blue-rinsed and set at the Seraglio Room on the ground floor of Pankot's new five-storey glass and concrete hotel, the Shiraz.
UPDATE, Saturday, March 9, 2019: 

Apparently I was so distracted when I put this post up that I didn't realize I left out the name of my book and any description. It's been that kind of week.

-- Staying On by Paul Scott is a sequel to Scott's Raj Quartet about the wind up of British rule in India during WWII. He won the 1977 Booker Prize for Staying On.

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.


My Friday 56 is missing this week. I don't have the book with me and I am still at the office after 8:00 pm -- something I almost never do. I have a brief to file in a case in Idaho tomorrow and a court hearing here in Portland, so I barely got my opening sentence up. Next week!


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This one sounds good.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Gilion,

This sounds like one of those 'classics' I should definitely be aiming to read, although I am certain that I have watched the film adaptation, some time in the distant past!

Working so late is never an ideal scenario, unless it is a dire emergency. I hope you manage to get time for a little R&R over the weekend.

Thanks for posting and enjoy the book :)

Yvonne xx

Anne Bennett said...

Your opening quote reminded me of a conversation I had today about friends who had a spouse die while they were off doing something else. Guess you know who is aging.

Breana M. said...

This book seems interesting. Enjoy your current read!

Sassy Brit said...

What a great book beginning! I've never read this. But i have to laugh - weirdly blue rinses are actually quite trendy these days. And yes, I'm old enough to remember the blue rinse brigade and how it was never trendy, and yes, I am also old enough to use the word TRENDY.


Happy weekend!

Ayanami Faerudo said...

I so love these blogger hops because I come across books I've never heard of before.

Yvonne said...

Sounds like a good one. Have a great weekend!

Sherry Fundin said...

Have a great weekend.
sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

fredamans said...

Looking forward to next week's book! Happy weekend!

Nicki J. Markus / Asta Idonea said...

Makes me wonder what she's going to do and how she's going to feel about what's happened!

reese said...

I'd forgotten how punchy that opening is. It's such a great book. Enjoy!

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