Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Book meme

From Hilda:
  • Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more - No cheating.
  • Turn to page 123 and find the first five sentences.
  • Now post the next three sentences.
  • The fun begins - - tag some people to play along. I'm not going to tag anyone - if you want to play please let me know in my Comments.

His digestion was poor, and he had a weeping eye. But as his youth died out,
his gaiety increased; he replaced his teeth with jests, his hair with joy, his
health with irony, and his weeping eye was always laughing. He was dilapidated, but bedecked with flowers
.

From Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, translated by Lee Fahnestock and Norman MacAfee.

2 comments:

Rogue Librarain said...

He’s not measuring the numbers of the audience – the house is sold out, as it has been for every night of the current engagement. He is looking for someone or something that no one will discuss, that he has only inferred, for the unnamed person or thing whose advent or presence has been troubling the company all day.

Then a hand as massive and hard as an elk’s horn, lashed by the tough sinews to an arm like the limb of an oak, grabs the boy by the shoulder and drags him back into the wings.

From The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. I have literally no idea what this book is doing in my office. I was fully expecting to have to quote from a book on economics in Asia.

Katya said...

I was wondering where you've been! How's New York? You know, I just cannot finish that book.