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Friday, July 13, 2012

Book Beginnings on Friday: Eucalyptus

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme originally hosted by Katy from A Few More Pages but now hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

Eucalyptus by Murray Bail

"We could begin with desertorum, common name Hooked Mallee."

I shouldn't be surprised that a book titled Eucalyptus would begin with some of the species and scientific names thereof, although it's not my favorite way to start a novel, having failed biology myself.

4 comments:

JC Jones said...

That leaves me wondering. Here is my post:

Eva @View from the Hillside said...

I read this one a few years back. I don't remember too much of what happened, but I remember that I liked it. Enjoy.

Chris Thompson said...

I don't even know what Hooked Mallee is, though I'd guess it's another word for eucalyptus. And the author's name makes me think of Bill Murray.

Here's my Book Beginning.

Rose City Reader said...

I'd have to charge right past that one and hope the first paragraphs or so drew me in. Encountering Latin in an opening sentence is a real turn off.

Rayme Waters – the author of my Book Beginnings book – guest posted on Rose City Reader today, explaining how the heroines of 19th Century literature inspired her debut novel, The Angels' Share.

It will give you a much different idea about the book than the opening sentence.

Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!