Friday 56, 14-Nov-2014

14 Nov

Welcome to the ‘Veterans’ Day Observed ‘edition of The Friday 56 hosted by Freda on Freda’s Voice. (This means I’m not working today, yay!) Head on over there and check out the other participating blogs. The community has been really great and I’m excited to jump in!

Friday 56

The way this meme works is pretty simple. If you want to join in, head over to Freda’s blog and add your link.

*Grab a book, any book (I grab the one I’m currently reading)
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.

I don’t have an in-process physical book I haven’t used for this yet, so I’m grabbing a title I read recently, Canada by Richard Ford. I really enjoyed the selection and I love this quote on page 56.

Large occurrences were going on- larger than my father beginning a new job, or leaving the Air Force, or picking up and moving to a new town.

Richard Ford does an amazing job building tension in this book and I think this quote illustrates that beautifully. This is not a spoiler because you find out about it in the first sentence, but the narrator’s parents are going to rob a bank and that’s the large occurrence that’s stirring in this scene. Ford does a great job of giving us the child’s perspective of everything happening around him yet letting us in on what the parents are doing and saying. This was a really good read.

Until next time, write on.

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16 Responses to “Friday 56, 14-Nov-2014”

  1. moonglint November 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM #

    Wow, I’m not sure how I would have reacted if my parents wanted to rob a bank. I wonder if the parents are conscious of how aware their child is about the situation.


    • Sam November 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM #

      The book is written in retrospect, the narrator looking back on his childhood and the year that shaped his life. I don’t think the parents knew that Dell (the narrator) was picking up on their odd behavior and I don’t think Dell knew at the time what was happening. It’s a really interesting book if you have the time to read it.


  2. laurelrainsnow November 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM #

    You have piqued my interest…thanks for sharing! Here’s mine: “THE TWILIGHT HOUR”


    • Sam November 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM #

      I’m glad! The book is really good.


  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library November 14, 2014 at 3:08 PM #

    The concept sounds really interesting. I’m not sure I’ve read a book that’s from the child’s perspective that isn’t a children’s book. I’ll have to look for this one.


    • Sam November 14, 2014 at 3:21 PM #

      The narrator is reflecting on his childhood from his retirement years so while it’s about his childhood, the speaker is an adult.

      If you want an adult book written from a child’s point of view, I recommend ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue. It’s an amazing book.


  4. Sandra Nachlinger November 14, 2014 at 6:27 PM #

    This sounds like a book I’d enjoy. It would be fun to read a book from a child’s perspective — especially a child whose parents are about to rob a bank!
    My Friday post features THE 13 OF HEARTS.


    • Sam November 14, 2014 at 9:36 PM #

      I hope you’re able to grab a copy of it. I really enjoyed reading it.


  5. fredamans November 14, 2014 at 7:51 PM #

    This is a book that I have wanted to read for some time now. Hope you are enjoying it!
    Happy weekend!


    • Sam November 14, 2014 at 9:36 PM #

      It was a great read. I hope you can get around to it soon because I think you’d really like it. Happy reading!


  6. Claudia {SparrowHawk} November 14, 2014 at 10:17 PM #

    The premise of the story does sound intriguing! Is this a fictional read?


    • Sam November 14, 2014 at 11:10 PM #

      Yes, the plot takes place in the 60s and the narrator is writing it in modern times looking back.


  7. Anne Bennett November 15, 2014 at 11:03 PM #

    Wow, that must be BIG stuff if it is bigger than moving or leaving the military. Thanks for sharing on my blog.


    • Sam November 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM #

      Not a problem. Thanks for coming here. Ford set up this novel in a really interesting way by telling you in the first sentence what the biggest plot points would be. I really enjoyed it.


  8. guiltlessreader (@guiltlessreader) November 16, 2014 at 11:39 AM #

    I find that books told from a child’s perspective so powerful. Their innocence really shines through.


    • Sam November 16, 2014 at 4:51 PM #

      Agree. A great example is Emma Donoghue’s book. ROOM. I recommend it if you haven’t yet enjoyed it.


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