The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted over at Freda’s Voice. The rules are fairly simple and go something like this.
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
3. Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
4. Post it.
5. Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
6. Tweet it #Friday56 (not an official Freda’s Voice rule)
I’m doing Back to the Classics Challenge and it just so happens that a couple of my book clubs are reading some of the same books I’ve selected for the challenge. Coincidence? Perhaps.
Right now one of my book clubs is reading Bleak House by Charles Dickens. This is a reread for me. I read it in college when I had to take an English Seminar class, and is my way I procrastinated in registering and well ended with the Dickens’ seminar. Yay me. But I have to say I loved it. I learned a lot.
Anyway, back to The Friday 56.
Soon after seven o’clock we went down to dinner; carefully, by Mrs. Jellyby’s advice; for the stair-carpets, besides being very deficient in stair-wires, were so torn as to be absolute traps. We had a fine cod-fish, a piece of rosy beef, a dish of cutlets and a pudding; an excellent dinner, if it had had any cooking to speak of, but it was almost raw. The young woman with the flannel bandage waited, and dropped everything on the table wherever it happened to go, and never moved it again until she put it on the stairs.
I think Dickens has some of the best book beginnings out there. They intrigue you and you feel compelled to keep reading. If you’d like to be a part of Book Beginnings on Fridays hop on over to Rose City Reader and join the link up.
A few months ago, on a public occasion, a Chancery Judge had the kindness to inform me, as one of a company of some hundred and fifty men and women not laboring under any suspicions of lunacy, that the Court of Chancery, though the shining subject of much popular prejudice (at which point I thought the Judge’s eye had a cast in my direction), was almost immaculate.
Title: Bleak House
Author: Charles Dickens
Format: Paperback, 989
Genre: Fiction, Tragedy
First Published: 1853
Publisher: Penguin Group, 2003