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International Book Week

(59 Posts)
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."

MiceElf Thu 20-Sep-12 20:33:27

Ano, is it one of Stephen Saylor's?

Ana Thu 20-Sep-12 20:49:41

Is there some clever app-type thingy that can tell us all what our books are, I wonder?

MiceElf Thu 20-Sep-12 21:05:16

Anno I expect you did read it. Can you name it now?

annodomini Thu 20-Sep-12 21:35:59

No, Mice, think again! and I haven't worked out yours yet - it sounds sort of 18th century?

MiceElf Thu 20-Sep-12 21:42:39

Is it one of Lindsay Davis' then?

Yes, mine's 18 C

annodomini Thu 20-Sep-12 21:52:10

yes, Lindsay Davis!

18C - but not Tom Jones. Tristram Shandy? Not sure

MiceElf Thu 20-Sep-12 21:56:40

A man who loved his tum, but with a big heart....

MiceElf Thu 20-Sep-12 22:04:41

Granny bug is it that one by Sally Vickers about angels? I can't remember the exact title.

Mamie Fri 21-Sep-12 07:11:51

Nope, neither of those Anno. Mine was Hans Fallada "Alone in Berlin" and OH was using Alice Water's "Pasta, Pizza and Calzone".
Fallada was at hand because we keep starting it and putting it down. OH claims never to have read fiction since he was so depressed by Fallada's Little Man, What Now" - so I am not sure why he bought it. hmm

annodomini Fri 21-Sep-12 14:55:32

As Mice surmised mine was by Lindsey Davis - 'the Silver Pigs' - these detective stories are set in Imperial Rome and, in this case, Roman Britain. Good light reading.

Grannybug Fri 21-Sep-12 17:33:20

Mice it is "Corvus a life with birds" by Esther Woolfson. A really interesting and informative book. smile

Ana Fri 21-Sep-12 17:35:10

Was that the point of this exercise? To guess each others' titles? confused
The OP didn't make it clear.

Butternut Fri 21-Sep-12 17:40:11

Ana I didn't think it was - I just enjoyed the concept. smile

MiceElf Fri 21-Sep-12 18:15:35

I like the concept - and the fun of trying to guess. Granbunny, I was really foxed! Come on everyone else, join in.

Bags Fri 21-Sep-12 18:23:43

The OP doesn't know what the point is other than reading random sentences. I think perhaps the idea is to illustrate how varied books are so that nobody can claim there's nothing for them.

Who cares whether it has a point other than fun?

here's another one: "It fell instead to the sailors from far away, who came thousands of miles from the Levantine coast of the eastern Mediterranean, to realise the potential for using these gastropods to make a fortune."

Bags Fri 21-Sep-12 18:25:02

I should have guessed the Lindsey Davis one too, but it's a long time since I read them. That's my excuse anyhow.

Ana Fri 21-Sep-12 18:29:44

I asked whether the point was to guess because everyone else seemed to think so. I agree with Butter!

johanna Fri 21-Sep-12 18:52:29

So, what is the point??

Elegran Fri 21-Sep-12 19:00:43

Does there have to be a point? We could just enjoy ourselves. It is a social network, not an obstacle race

baublesbanglesandb Fri 21-Sep-12 19:02:23

I remember doing this last year on Facebook, it's fun.

"I drank enough of that damn Saint-John's wort tea to cheer up a whole Russian gulag, to no noticeable effect."

Mamie Fri 21-Sep-12 19:43:50

Simon Winchester, "Atlantic", Bags.
OK, an easy one.
"He plays just too divinely," said Mrs. Beste-Chetwynde.

Bags Fri 21-Sep-12 19:45:24

Bang on, mamie grin

Mamie Fri 21-Sep-12 19:45:43

And I think Baubles' quote is from "Eat, Pray, Vomit"...

Bags Fri 21-Sep-12 19:52:50

"They do not in themselves indicate a widespread use of Latin by the native population."

baublesbanglesandb Fri 21-Sep-12 19:57:05

Mamie is that a subtle way of saying you didn't enjoy "Eat, Pray, Love"?