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. This is the book I'm reading right now:
Book title: The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond
I was born in a hovel on the banks of the Tyne, as so many of us were back then. It was a three-room dilapidated upstairs flat, in the same terraced row where Dad had been born, and just upriver from the Simpson's shipyard.Friday 56: (from page 59)-
The tightrope walker came on last. His rope was strung between two poles. He danced into the ring. He had a sky-blue cloak on his back. He too roamed the ring to show himself to everyone. He called out to us in an accent none of us suspected could exist in our world.My comments: The narrator of this coming-of-age tale is Dominique. He and his family live in Northern England during the Cold War. Dominique and his family are quite poor, not only in finances but also in experiences so when the circus comes to town it is a big deal. He and his friend Holly decide they want to become tightrope walkers after their experience at the circus.
I am listening to the audiobook version of the book marvelously read by Richard Halverson who grew up in northern England so the accent is appropriate and a treat for me to listen to.