Wednesday

Time for something else

I am reconciled to The Happening. Now you must guess which books these first lines come from. 1. In undertaking to describe the recent and strange incidents in our town, till lately wrapped in uneventful obscurity, I find myself forced in absence of literary skill to begin my story rather far back, that is to say, with certain biographical details concerning that talented and highly esteemed gentleman, *name*. 2. Some years ago there was in the city of York a society of magicians. 3. At five o'clock that morning reveille was sounded as usual, by the blows of a hammer on a length of rail hanging up near the staff quarters. 4. When he was nearly thirteen, my brother *name* had his arm badly broken at the elbow. 5. In 1937, I began, like Lazarus, the impossible return.

7 comments:

Little My said...

#2. is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, or it better be anyways, because I can't think of another book beginning that way

Catherine_Creagan said...

Penny for the smart lady.

"Father Barry" said...

#1 seems Russian, but I'm not quite sure why. I'd say Dostoevsky, but the only definitive statement I can make is that it's not Brothers K.

Little Me already beat me to #2.

#3, I got nothing.

#4 is To Kill a Mockingbird.

And #5 is going to drive me crazy. I should know it. But I don't.

Catherine_Creagan said...

#1 is Dostoevsky. The Possessed.

keep racking your brain, #5 will come to you eventually. I think...

"Father Barry" said...

What is this "brain" of which you speak?

Oooh...The Possessed. Got it. Translated by whom?

Sarah said...

Given the date, I'm guessing 5 is Chambers, but since I have yet to read Witness, I don't know if that's the book or not.

3 - Solzhenitsyn? It has a gulag sound to it...

Catherine_Creagan said...

yeah, that's "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch"

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