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International Book Week

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Bags Thu 20-Sep-12 09:28:37

It's international book week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the title.

Here's mine:

"The system, however, only worked if the superiority of their ancestors was imaginary and standards basically remained the same."

Bags Thu 20-Sep-12 09:29:08

Ignore "as your status" unless you're doing it on Facebook smile

Butternut Thu 20-Sep-12 09:34:54

Ah ha! I've just done it on facebook smile - but will do it again here because it's good fun and very interesting.........

Here's mine:

"So I spent the evening at home, reading."

Oldgreymare Thu 20-Sep-12 09:38:28

Crikey, Bags what on earth are you reading?
Here's mine from a book I am struggling with, one of those 'I've started so I'll finish' books. Actually its a 'two in one'. This is from part one:
'Say nothing.'
Sorry Bags, you only wanted a sentence and I've almost written an essay! blush

Grannybug Thu 20-Sep-12 09:45:43

"He darted enthusiastically round the bathroom,flapping his lovely angel,s wings, alternatively perching and flying while we immersed the noxious object in the bath to dissolve some of the noisome patina of staling shit"
Hey ho

annodomini Thu 20-Sep-12 09:47:49

It's difficult to do that with Kindle, but I've just finished one in paperback to here goes: '
Pertinax and Publius assumed I was a villain.'

GeraldineGransnet (GNHQ) Thu 20-Sep-12 09:48:10

I can't guess ANY of these. Grannybug, what on earth...?

Elegran Thu 20-Sep-12 09:55:30

"Out with the radio car to review a new film, "Dr Doolittle", the morning programme presenter John Walmsley and myself were not familiar with the habit of hospitality at 11 am. Neither of us made it on air at lunchtime, due to difficulties in describing Dr Doolittle's transport, a shiant pink shea shnail"

I am sorry, I just had to include sentence six as well.

From Kate Adie's autobiography, "The Goodness of Strangers"

I like this game. Can we quote sentence 5 on page 52 of other books, as well as just the nearest?

Elegran Thu 20-Sep-12 09:57:23

Sorry, just realised I should not have mentioned the title. Habit. Can't edit it (GRANSNET HELP Could you please go an there and edit it for me?)

Bags Thu 20-Sep-12 10:07:04

How long should we let it run until we "give the answers"? If ever?

MiceElf Thu 20-Sep-12 10:07:33

Mr Custance, the squire's brother, called on me this morning to go a-fishing, we rode down to the river and Mr Custance's mistress a Miss Sherman and one Sandall, an oldish man a broken gentleman and who keeps a mistress tho he has a wife living, rode with us on horseback.

Mamie Thu 20-Sep-12 10:13:41

"My hearing is getting worse, and having to keep my ears peeled the way the gentleman told us to a little while ago, I don't think I can do that in all this noise".

annodomini Thu 20-Sep-12 10:14:37

I like the sound of that, Mice. Wonder if it's something I've read in the distant past!

glitabo Thu 20-Sep-12 10:22:56

"When we renounce our dreams and find peace," he said after a while, "we go through a short period of tranquility".

Mamie Thu 20-Sep-12 10:23:10

This is for OH (clue - he is cooking, as usual.)
Summer is a time of strong contrasts - red and yellow tomatoes, multi-colored peppers, blue and ping hyssop flowers, white and purple variegated eggplants.

Mamie Thu 20-Sep-12 10:24:22

Um, sorry - pink hyssop. The other variations on British English are a clue!

lizh Thu 20-Sep-12 15:43:44

Will 17% on Kindle do? No that's far too hard to find. I'll give you
"I wasn't learning very much from looking at him now except that he had well shaped, capable looking hands, not too small, and when he sat on one of the bar stools I saw that he had very short legs."
Sounds like 50 shades? Far from it, much more erudite!

Hankipanki Thu 20-Sep-12 16:15:38

In the plane, the sun had a kind of buoyant dominance, but it had hidden itself away beyond clouds that appeared like pale, soot-coloured sketches of themselves.

[like this thread]

Nanadogsbody Thu 20-Sep-12 16:50:46

The Gingerbread Man hasn't got a page 52 hmm

Bags Thu 20-Sep-12 17:01:25

dog, grin

Ana Thu 20-Sep-12 18:52:55

Both the books I have to hand here have given me very short sentences! Here's the longer one...

'But he doesn't.'

Mamie Thu 20-Sep-12 19:12:26

Got to be War and Peace, Ana.
Has anybody guessed anybody's book, yet?

annodomini Thu 20-Sep-12 19:50:46

I may have guessed your first one, Mamie. But the others have flummoxed!

Ana Thu 20-Sep-12 19:56:21

No, Mamie! Not even close...

annodomini Thu 20-Sep-12 20:01:24

Was one of yours David Lodge's Deaf Sentence, Mamie? And could the other be Julia Childs on French Cookery?