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Wending my way from [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]'s [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] post on literature,


I encountered this meme, which struck my fancy. Some are ridiculously easy, some will probably puzzle. This is not by design.

1) Select 5-10 (or so) favourite books.

2) Post the first line from them.

3) Don't mention the title or author. That's for everyone else to figure out.

4) After someone correctly identifies the book, update the original entry to reflect that fact.

1.) Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy.
The Odyessy, Homer. Spotted by [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]

2.) The music room in the Governor's House at Port Mahon, a tall, handsome, pillared octagon, was filled with the triumphant first movement of Locatelli's C major quartet.
Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian. Spotted by YOSSARIAN.

3.) Midway in our life's journey, I went astray
from the straight road and woke to find myself
alone in a dark wood.
The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri. Spotted by [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]

4.) Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.
Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Wolfe. Spotted by [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]

5.) Two men were sitting in the bar-parlour of the Angler's Rest as I entered it; and one of them, I gathered from his low excited voice and wide gestures, was telling the other a story.

6.) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The Gospel of St. John. Spotted by [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]

7.) So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by
and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness.
Beowulf, Anon. Spotted by [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]

8.) Theoretically a good cook should be able to preform under any circumstances, but cooking is much easier, pleasanter, and more efficient if you have the right tools.

9.) Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendered is the flour.
The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer. Spotted by [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]

10.) There were four of us-- George, and William Samuel Harris, and myself, and Montmorency.
Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome. Spotted by [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]

Date: 2006-05-22 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] herbaliser.livejournal.com
1) The Odyssey, Homer
4) Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
6) The book of John, John
9) Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
10) Four Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome

Date: 2006-05-23 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] policraticus.livejournal.com
You got Jerome K. Jerome! But not the title...although I'm sure you realize the mistake. I thought that was going to be more of a head scatcher. My father actually read that to me as a bedtime story when I was little, it was one of the first books I remember actually laughing out loud to.

Date: 2006-05-24 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] midnightglobe.livejournal.com
#3 sounds like bobby frost, but i don't have any of his books, just anthologies where he figures prominently, so i can't venture a stab at the title of the collection.

Date: 2006-05-25 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] policraticus.livejournal.com
It isn't him, but he did obliquely reference this poet in several of his works.

Date: 2006-05-25 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] midnightglobe.livejournal.com
ah, i remember; the inferno. but not a translation i am familiar with.

(three line stanzas is a giveaway.)

Date: 2006-05-25 12:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] policraticus.livejournal.com
John Ciardi's translation of the Divina Commedia. I bought it when I was about 13 and read it obsessively. There are probably better versions, but I have a soft spot for this one.

Date: 2006-05-26 12:16 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Ahh #2, opening lines form Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander. Excellent book. YOSSARIAN

Date: 2006-05-26 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] policraticus.livejournal.com
Yes, indeed. It is standing in for the whole series which, I blush to admit, I have read through at least 4 times, and will yet again.


Date: 2008-06-16 10:28 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi all!


Re: Subject3

Date: 2008-06-16 11:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] policraticus.livejournal.com
Er.... i.

Hope to see you again, soon.


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