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Page 123 Meme

The Slow Travel blog-for-a-month group is doing well. Tuesdays and Thursdays can be hard for me because I'm taking French after work. By time I get home, my brain is pretty empty of ideas. Tonight is one of those nights so I'm going to take advantage of the Bookish Meme was posted on softdrinks wonderful blog. It is perfect for a busy weekday.

I see that Anne and Girasoli have also posted on the meme. I'm not going to tag anyone.

Okay... Here are the rules for the Page 123 meme:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

I'm going to use the current book that I am reading; The View From Castle Rock by Alice Munro.

Susan had decreed, when they all lived together, that Maggie should take care of Sandy's clothing, Lizzie of Forrest's, Annie of Simon's, she herself of John's. This meant ironing and mending and darning socks, and knitting scarves and vests and making new shirts as might be needed. Lissie was not supposed to continue looking after Forrest --- or to have anything at all to do with him -- after he moved out.

Alas, it is a rather uninsightful quote. I'm not yet to page 123. I like to read her stories slowly and savor each word.

Alice Munro is mainly a short story writer but lately the collections have been linked together. This book is a fictionalized collection of stories about her family. It reads partly as a memoir and partly as a novel. I highly recommend all her collections. Here are a couple of other ones:

Love of a Good Woman
The Progress of Love

Comments (3)

It is nice to see you reading a Canadian author! LOL I quite enjoyed Lives of Girls and Women - it was a great book. I find I often wish her short stories would go on and on!

Marta [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Several of my favorite authors are Canadian. I read Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood and Carol Shields to name a few. I think living in Seattle and being close to the border has given me a good exposure to Canada. We even get CBC on cable.


Alice Munro is such a brilliant writer, I love her stories. (I, on the other hand, was reading a complete and utter fluff book when I took up softdrink's meme challenge...oh well, we all need junk food every now and again!)

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