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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Friday Quotes, October 10

Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City Reader
The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice

Check out the links for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Participants don't select their favorite, coolest or most intellectual books, they just use the one they are currently reading.

I'm reading....

Book: Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

Book Beginnings:
Uno. Ultima came to stay with us the summer I was almost seven. When she came the beauty of the llano unfolded before my eyes, and the gurgling waters of the river hum of the turning earth. The magical time of childhood stood still, and the pulse of the living earth pressed its mystery into my living blood.
Friday 56:
"¡Adios!" I cried and ran out. I followed the two she-goats hopping up the path ahead of me. They sang and I brayed into the morning air, and the pebbles of the path rang as we raced with time toward the bridge.
My comments: Oh wow, wow, wow. I love the language of this book. It is simply exquisite, as the two quotes demonstrate. I just started listening to this audiobook yesterday and I have missed some of the nuances of the book in that format. Thankfully this task sent me to the print book and I discovered the lovely language within.


16 comments:

  1. The prose is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and enjoy. And thanks for visiting my blog.

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  2. Wow! That book beginning is so articulate and vivid, I get the impression that the author has crafted a beautiful novel. I would certainly read this; thanks for sharing!

    Sparrow’s BB & Friday 56

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  3. The descriptions are amazing. Glad you are enjoying it. Have a great weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday 56 - Bad Blood

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  4. I agree, the langauge is powerful. They sang, she brayed. Love that. I felt transported back to a youthful time and a summer day. Lovely!
    Here is my 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/10/10/the-friday-56-40-the-rain/

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    1. I know. I had to reread that sentence a few times to make sure that it was child braying, not an animal. But then he IS a six year old boy, so he probably does bray.

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  5. That is great language. It just draws the reader in.

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  6. Oh God, this book has absolutely stunning language! I think the beginning is probably my favourite because especially the last sentence is just beautiful! Ugh, now I have another book to add to the TBR pile! Thanks for sharing :) Hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. It is really is spectacular language. This book has been continuously published since the 1970s, and now I know why.

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  7. Wow, what beautiful prose! I love books about Hispanic culture so you're tempting me to add this to my TBR pile. It will be there for a long time with how big that pile's getting!

    I'm new to the Friday 56 and here's my first post: http://samannelizabeth.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/friday-56-10-oct-2014/

    Happy Reading!

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    1. Yes, this book is about the Hispanic culture in New Mexico. It was written in the 1970s and has made it onto lots of required reading lists in high schools. It is also on a lot of banned books lists. So far I can't figure out why.

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  8. Beautiful description. The author is indeed a "literary artist." I can see how you would prefer the print book over the audio. With the print book you can easily go back and savor the words. I'll definitely be reading this one.
    My Friday post features BEAUTIFUL RUINS.

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    1. Yes, this book has been on my TBR pile for ten years and I finally decided to listen to it for banned books week this year, but missed the event by a few weeks.

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  9. That is lovely language indeed and such vivid descriptions. I can imagine this would be lovely to listen to but also hard to follow along. Print and audio together sounds just right, enjoy!

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    1. I am just swept away by this language. I had to find the print edition on-line but will look for it in the library when I get back to school on Monday.

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  10. I've not heard of this author before.
    Happy weekend!

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