Another week is here for us to share the first sentences (or so) of the books we are reading. Book Beginnings on Fridays has been going for several years now. We've gathered a lot of opening sentences!
For those of you who have participated for a long time -- THANK YOU! For those of you who are more new, welcome! I appreciate everyone who participates. I don't always get around to visit everyone every week. But I enjoy all your blogs and love the variety of readers who take part in this event and the different sorts of books we all read.
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MY BOOK BEGINNING
August, 1931 -- The port town of Veracruz is a little purgatory between land and sea for the traveler, but the people who live there are very fond of themselves and the town they have helped to make.
MY FRIDAY 56
David, hearing the thin edge in her voice, said no more, but reflected that no matter how he tried to explain his point of view to Jenny, about anything at all, he seemed always to go off at a tangent, or in a circle, or to get bogged down in a spot he had never meant to be in, as if Jenny's mind refracted his thought instead of absorbing his meaning, or even his feelings about certain things -- Indians, for example. He would give up from now on talking to Jenny about Indians, or about her painting, either; she was sentimental about the one, and obstinate about the other; let it go.
Ship of Fools is a long book -- my edition is just under 500 pages -- but I like it. It's wordy, idea-based, repetitive, and detail-driven, the way many mid-Century (meaning mid-20th Century) novels seemed to be. It is one of the 50 books I put on my Classics Club list because it is on Erica Jong's list of Top 100 20th Century Novels by Women.