Friday, August 31, 2012

Book Beginnings: The Road

Every Friday Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. What you do is share the opening line(s) of the book you are currently reading and briefly discuss what you think about the opening line or the book or whatever else inspires you. Make sure to share your entry with Rose City Reader and in my comments below.

Here's my book beginning:

"When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he'd reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him."

- The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

 I read The Road years ago, and I'll probably re-read it at some point, because all of McCarthy's works deserve to be read again. I'm still reading Steven Lee Gilbert's A Lovely, Indecent Departure, and his writing style his reminiscent of McCarthy's, though not as poetic. For those who haven't read any McCarthy, I highly recommend him. The Road and All the Pretty Horses are his most accessible, though my favorite is Suttree. McCarthy's novels also make great movies: The Road and No Country For Old Men, in particular. Enjoy!


  1. I haven't read this one yet...but I want to. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  2. I have never read this book, but the beginning is really intriguing. Thanks for visiting my blog & commenting!

  3. I have this feeling that CM is too dark and heavy for me, but maybe I should try his work.

    1. That is a good point. McCarthy is pretty heavy on harsh truths, and his vivid language makes the dark parts that much harder to bear. All the Pretty Horses would be a good start, though.

  4. This opening definitely grabbed me. I've heard about this book, but I've never read it. Thanks, too, for listing McCarthy's other books. I'll look into them.
    My beginning is from The Roots of the Olive Tree.

  5. Interesting beginning, definitely sets the tone for the rest of the novel. I haven't read this book though I have heard of it.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier =)

  6. I've been thinking about reading more of his stuff. I loved All the Pretty Horses, just loved it.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, Chris!

  7. That sounds...who is this child? And the person by him/her?!?!
    It's going to bug me till I find out!

    Here's my Book Beginning:

  8. I have heard several people recommend The Road. I need to put it on my list. Thanks for the visit and the comment.

  9. Eeek, another one on my TBR which I never seem to get around to!

  10. That's a great beginning for a great book.
    I read it a couple of years ago and loved it. So sad, but also so good.

  11. I borrowed The Road from the library. I will be reading it soon! That's a great beginning. I have a feeling I will like this book.