Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Memes


Book Beginni
ngs on Friday is a bookish meme sponsored by Katy at A Few More Pages. Here's what you do: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments section. Include the title and author so we know what you're reading. Then, if you are so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line and if you did or did not like that sentence. Link up each week at Katy's place.


Here's mine
from the beginning of the short story "The Supper at Elsinore" found in Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen:

Upon a corner of a street of Elsinore, near the harbor, there stands a dignified old gray house, built early in the eighteenth century, and looking down reticently at the new times grown up around it. Through the long years it has been worked into a unity, and when the front door is opened on a day of north-north-west the door of the corridor upstairs will open out of sympathy. Also when you tread upon a certain step of the stair, a board of the floor in the parlor will answer with a faint echo, like a song.


The Friday 56 is a bookish meme sponsored by Freda's Voice. It is really easy to participate.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.

*Find any sentence that grabs you.

*Post it.

*Link up at Freda's site.

Here's mine from "The Deluge at Norderney," the first short story in Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen:

Miss Malin had been prepared for an ingenious argument, but at this speech she was shocked, and for a moment held her little hands to her ears.

24 comments:

wutheringwillow said...

Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Love the sound of Seven Gothic Tales! Thanks!

pagesofjulia said...

I'd like to read more "gothic" stuff like this. I love the creation of mood.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I like these excerpts...they pique my interest in the book. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

abookandashortlatte1 said...

I love gothic stories! Thanks for the heads up about this, and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Linda said...

Gothic is not something I'd normally read but this line makes me wonder: what arguement? what did she have planned? thanks for visiting me.

vvb32 reads said...

ooo, that sentence oozes eerie.

Sherrie said...

Hi Bev,
Sounds really eerie. I'll have to check this one out. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Just Books

Laurie said...

Elsinore is Hamlet's hometown,no? So this will be a ghost story? Is it?
I didn't know that Dinesen wrote gothic short fictions. Looking forward to reading your thoughts when you've read them!

fredamans said...

Interesting 56! Thanks for participating!

Yvonne said...

Sounds interesting!

Bev Hankins said...

@Laurie: Very sharp. Yes, indeed, this particular short story is a ghost story!

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carolsnotebook said...

Sounds like a good book. I like the opening for "The Deluge at Norderney."

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This was similar advice he gave when we were starting One Stop Poetry. It rings true.

Volcano Vaporizer said...

We borrowed the book from the Philippines on Friday at the Philippine bloggers and turn it into a weekly meme weeks prior to ReaderCon.

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