Thursday, January 14, 2021

Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter - BOOK BEGINNINGS



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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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. 

-- Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter. Published in 1962, Ship of Fools is a shaggy story of many characters on a ship from Mexico to Germany in the stormy times prior to WWII. 


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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.


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



  1. I have been curious about this book. Enjoy!

  2. Erica Jong's list is a fascinating mix. I'm impressed by how many you have read. I've added a few to my TBR list.

    On a side note, wonderful that you have that many Little Libraries nearby. Sadly, our homeowners association would have a fit if someone tried to put one up.

  3. This sounds fascinating, although I'm not too sure I want to read a shaggy, wordy and repetitive book right now. Another day I'd probably feel differently.

  4. I hadn't heard of this book, but it sounds interesting! Not quite the sort of thing I'd probably read, though I keep saying I need to get back to slowly reading more classics, so maybe. xD Have a good week!

  5. I haven't read Porter's books, but I liked the snippets you shared. It looks like she has an interesting way of describing places and characters' thoughts. It looks like a good historical fiction to read.

  6. This sounds like a good one. I like those excerpts. Have a great weekend!

  7. Sounds like a fabulous book. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I haven't heard of this one before, but I am will definitely make note of it. I like the excerpts you shared. I hope you have a nice weekend!

  9. Hope you enjoy your current read! Happy weekend!


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