I saw this today on Books in Bed and so while I guess it was a meme meant for Thursday I’m going to do it on Friday anyway. Cos I love writing about, thinking about, talking about, and finally (BUT NOT LAST IN MY HEART), reading books.
Reach out a hand, and grab the book that is closest to you. Turn to page 231, or pick a page at random if the book isn’t that long. Locate the first sentence of the last paragraph on that page.
- Type the sentence here: From American Purgatorio (John Haskell)… During the ride, instead of excitement, I feel nostalgia.
- Does the sentence make sense out of context? Literally it makes sense. But of course it would make more sense if I knew what kind of ride…a roller-coaster is my guess.
- Does reading the sentence make you want to read the rest of the book? Why or why not? Does it count that I’ve already started the book? Otherwise why would it have been located near me? But the sentence is pretty reflective of the book, although I’m only on page 46 and page 231 is near the end. There’s a sort of hyper-consciousness about the narrator that’s a bit grating, especially when the narrator has no idea what is happening to him. I’m not sure I’ll make it to page 231.