Thursday, April 20, 2023

The Flight of the Falcon -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



I've been reading one Daphne du Maurier book each month since last November as part of a du Maurier buddy read group on Instagram. I love the immersive reading experience and the lively chat of the group. 

This month we are reading The Flight of the Falcon, a murder mystery, campus novel, family drama set in a fictional Italian hill town contemporaneously when it was written in the early 1960s. There is a lot going on in this story and it has my full attention. I only have 50 pages left and can't wait to see how it ends. 

Thanks for joining me on Book Beginnings on Fridays to share the opening sentence (or so) from the book you are enjoying this week. It can be the book you are reading or just a book that caught your fancy. 


We were right on time. Sunshine Tours informed its passengers on the printed itinerary that their coach was due at the Hotel Splendido, Rome, at approximately 1800 hours. 

-- from The Flight of the Falcon by Daphne du Maurier.  I usually only share the very first sentence, but this one sows nothing of the story. At least with the second sentence, we know a little more of what to expect. At least we know we are in Rome. 


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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.


From The Flight of the Falcon:
Mrs. Bloom glided towards me, a frigate in full sail. “Now, Mr. Fabio, you’ll not refuse champagne?”

Evelyn Waugh Bibliography -- BOOK LIST



Evelyn Waugh (October 28, 1903 - April 10, 1966) was an English author who wrote novels, short stories, travel books, biographies, and other nonfiction. He is probably best known for his novel, Brideshead Revisited, in part because it was made into an extremely popular tv miniseries in the 1980s, starring Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews. 

I first read Brideshead in college and have reread it twice since. I came much later to Waugh's other books, starting with Scoop, a hilarious satire of newspaper life. Just thinking of the premise of sending the gardening columnist to be a war correspondent makes me laugh. I've since read several others, which are darkly funny and much different than Brideshead. I hope to read all his book eventually.

Below is a list of Waugh's published books, with notes about whether I've read them, they are on my TBR shelf, or if they are available as an audiobook from my library. Unless noted, the book is a novel. This list does not include juvenilia or short pieces not published in book form.

  • 1952 Men at Arms (Sword of Honor trilogy, Book One) TBR SHELF
  • 1931 Remote People (aka They Were Still Dancing; travel writing)


Waugh's travel writing was published in a 2003 omnibus collection by Everyman's Library called 
Waugh Abroad: The Collected Travel Writing. Many of the individual volumes are out of print and hard to find, so I linked to this omnibus. 

There is a book of Complete Short Stories in Work Suspended; the hard to find novella, Love Among the Ruins; and other short fiction. 

There are several biographies of Evelyn Waugh. The one I have and intend to read is Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited by Philip Eade.

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