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The book meme

Looks like everyone else did this last week; I'm late, but I still want to play.  All of my selections are fiction.  Happy guessing (and if you get desperate, I know Google will give you the answer to one of these...)

1. Choose five of your all time favorite books.
2. Take the first sentence of the first chapter and make a list in your journal.
3. Don't reveal the author or the title of the book.
4. Now everyone try and guess.


(1)  Rooter was at once the most difficult and the most helpful of the pequeninos.

Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead, guessed by magickslash

(2)  After dinner I sat and waited for Pyle in my room over the rue Catinat; he had said, 'I'll be with you at the latest by ten,' and when midnight struck I couldn't stay quiet any longer and went down into the street.

(3)  Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.

Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady, guessed by callmeri

(4)  Afterwards, in the dusty little corners where London's secret servants drink together, there was argument about where the Dolphin case history should really begin.

(5)  The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation

Donna Tartt, The Secret History, guessed by crazybutsound


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Apr. 11th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
#3 - "Portrait of a Lady" by Henry James. I don't know the others, although #4 sounds very familiar...
Apr. 11th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
Got it! I thought that would probably be the easiest one for anyone who likes James.
Apr. 11th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
Rats, I don't know any of these. 2, 4, and 5 tickle some little bell, but not enough to place them. My best guest on 5 is Lost Horizon by James Hilton, but I know that isn't right.
Apr. 11th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
I thought of including Lost Horizon but didn't. I'll give people another day or so, then post some hints.
Apr. 13th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
I may be wrong but, I think number five is "The Secret History" by Dona Tart (or however you spell her name, lol). I would have known the Henry James one but I haven't read the flist in two days so... Missed it before somebody else got it. No idea about any of the others.
Apr. 13th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
Got it! Did you see my post today with the clues?
Apr. 13th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
Bzuh? No, didn't see anything. I sort of hit the back button a few times on my flist before I started reading. I like to read in chronological order, lol. Why? What clues did you give? Oh, wait, i'll see it in a bit, lol.

And yay! I got it! I just instantly recognized the first sentence, it kinda stuck with me.
Apr. 13th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
One of the books I was thinking of using was Italo Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveler ... -- was even planning on being diabolical and giving the sentence in the original Italian. Then I looked at the book again and realized that both the author and title are mentioned in the first sentence, lol!

Did you finally get rid of your headache?
Apr. 13th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
Hahahahaha, would have been an easy one, though. :-) But I wouldn't have guessed because I don't think I've read it... unless of course I have but with a very different title, since I would have read it in French. :-)

And sort of. It was a tension headache, so even though my head doesn't hurt anymore, I am sore all down the left side of my body, from my neck to my thigh. Very uncomfortable. Reason why I'm reducing the number of hours I'm spending on the computer every day. Right now my shoulder is getting more and more sore so it's going to have to be soon that I leave the desk. *sigh* Trying to go see a chiropractor but none can give me an appointment soon enough, it's very annoying. I'm obviously a bit too tense, uh? lol.

So yeah, if I disappear and am not around much, that'll be why. Hopefully I can get something done soon because it's getting in the way of sleep, now, too. :-(
Apr. 13th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
The English title is about as literal a translation of the Italian as you can get:

Italian: Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore ...,

so I suppose the French title would have been done the same way.

Well if the chiropractors are all busy, how about getting a massage? Or just a good hot shower or soak in a hot bath? And yes, you probably need to relax a bit. (We can continue this by e-mail if you want.)

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