Book BeginningsThe Counterlife by Philip Roth -- BOOK BEGINNINGS

The Counterlife by Philip Roth — BOOK BEGINNINGS

-

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS

After our cold, rainy spring, summer is finally here in Portland. Of course, by next week, we will all complain it is too hot. That’s a ritual of Oregon life.

But it is beautiful this week. And I am so looking forward to Book Club tonight because it is the perfect evening for dinner outside, drinking pink wine, and chatting about books with my IRL book friends.

Are you in a book club? How do you pick the books you read and how often do you meet? We meet every other month and rotate hosting alphabetically by last name. The hostess picks the book for the next meeting.

Fortunately, I remembered to post my Book Beginnings on Fridays post before I left for Book Club. Please join me to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week — of just a book that caught your fancy.

MY BOOK BEGINNING

Ever since the family doctor, during a routine checkup, discovered an abnormality on his EKG and he went overnight for the coronary catheterization that revealed the dimensions of the disease, Henry’s condition had been successfully treated with drugs, enabling him to work and to carry on his life at home exactly as before.

I’m reading this one now and love it. It’s the fifth of nine Nathan Zuckerman books. It starts with the idea that Zuckerman’s younger brother needs heart surgery. Then there are alternate versions of where the story goes from there — Henry dies during surgery; he survives but leaves his family and moves to a kibbutz in Israel’s West Bank; it’s really Nathan who needs the surgery and he dies; Nathan marries a fourth wife and moves to England. There might be another version, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten so far. It’s very clever.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING

Please leave the link to your Book Beginning post in the Linky box below. If you share on SM, please use the #bookbeginnings hashtag.

Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets — Thumb-Linky widget will appear right here!
This preview will disappear when the widget is displayed on your site.
If this widget does not appear, click here to display it.

THE FRIDAY 56

TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

MY FRIDAY 56

From The Counterlife:

Down in the living room, he worked his way through the clan, accepting their sympathies, listening to their memories, answering questions about where he was living and what he was writing, until he had made his way to Cousin Essie, his favorite relative and once upon a time the family powerhouse. She was sitting in a club chair by the fireplace with a cane across her knees.

Source

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest

The Butcher of Belarus, a review by Kristin – The Book Review Crew

🔪🔪🔪🔪 The Butcher of BelarusBy: Brian Shea and Ty Hutchinson Publication Date: September 6, 2022Published By: Severn River Publishing332 pages Find It...

Book Deals in Nonfiction, Lifestyle, and Cooking: August 12, 2022

Misc Deals Deals August 12, 2022 This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an...

The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros

Title: The Last Letter Author(s): Rebecca Yarrows Published by Entangled: Amara on February 26, 2019 Pages:...

The Middle Years • WildBlue Press

Volume Two | The Middle Years The Last Jewish Gangster, The Middle Years, starts in...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you