Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Memes

Book Beginnings 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 Hide & Seek by Wilkie Collins:
At a quarter to one o'clock, on a wet Sunday afternoon, in November 1837, Samuel Snoxell, page to Mr. Zachary Thorpe of Baregrove Square, London, left the area gate with three umbrellas under his arm to meet his master and mistress at the church door, on the conclusion of morning service.

My take: not the most exciting of openings. BUT Snoxell!! Is that a name or what?

The Friday 56 is a bookish meme sponsored by Freda's Voice. It is really easy to participate. Just grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56. Find a sentence that grabs you and post it.

Here's mine from Hide & Seek by Wilkie Collins:

She was originally celebrated in the annals of Jubber's circus, or Eight Wonder of the World, as the Hurricane Child of the Desert; having appeared in that character, whirled aloft at the age of seven years in the hand of Muley Ben Hassan, the renowned Scourer of Sahara, in his daring act of Equitation, as exhibited to the terror of all England, in Jubber's Circus.


Vicki said...

Haven't seen this book before. Sounds interesting!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Sounds good! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Anonymous said...

A great picture of the page, Samuel Snoxell, with three umbrellas under his arm.I haven't heard of this Wilkie Collins book, but now I'm interested, so thanks for the post. Hope your son has a good time at Scout Camp!

Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

Snoxell is an incredible name!

I am reading Drood right now, which is narrated by Wilkie Collins, so I am in the mood to read his novels. Moonstone and Woman in White have been on my TBR shelf forever, but I confess I've never read any of his books. Must start.

Yvonne said...

I haven't heard of this, but it sounds like a good read.

fredamans said...

Thanks for participating

wutheringwillow said...

Hi! Thanks for dropping by my blog!

Interesting 'Friday 56'.

Jennifer said...

I'm glad you like my Dorothy Parker Award! BTW, I've been following you for a little while now, but I didn't realize you're in Bloomington! I'm an alumna of IU Bloomington. Say hello to Kirkwood Avenue for me.