A Good Book

A Good Book
A good book

There are few pleasures that reward better than a good book. I read both for pleasure and to learn how authors develop characters and move their plots along. One of my hobbies is reading the first and last lines of books. How does the author grab the reader’s attention, then hold it? How does he or she use language?

Yesterday I stumbled on a $6 copy of Ken Follett’s Edge of Eternity. Many of you may know Follett from his long lasting historical thriller, Eye of the Needle. Follett bases his fictional tales on assiduous research. Edge of Eternity is a contemporary suite of stories happening on several continents. Follett weaves characters active in the Freedom Bus Rides and civil rights movement with characters in East Germany when Khrushchev decides to build the Berlin Wall. It begins in the year 1961 and moves through the ’80s encompassing the civil rights movement, assassination of John F. Kennedy, and our fears and efforts to prevent a nuclear war with Russia. I stayed up very late last night reading.

What are you reading?

 

4 thoughts on “A Good Book

  1. markhainds2016

    Just finished rereading A Wrinkle in Time, by Madelaine L’Engle. Will hand it off to my 11 year old son. Reading Rick Bragg’s, The Prince of Frogtown.

    1. Hi Mark. Wrinkle in Time is a favorite of mine and good to return to from time to time. Sharing with your son makes it golden. I read a little online from The Prince of Frogtown and loved the energy, the amazing memory of the author. A great book for fathers and sons! Happy reading…

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