Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday First Sentences & 56: Deerskin by Robin McKinley

The 'book beginning' sets a fairy-tale tone:

   Many years later she remembered how her parents had looked to her when she was a small child:  her father as tall as a tree, and merry and bright and golden, with her beautiful black-haired mother at his side.

And now, skipping forward for the Friday 56:

   The king courted the princess as assiduously as a young lover might; rarely and reluctantly, it seemed, did he release her into another man's arms.

   Wowsa: Now that sentence raises my eyebrows.  What's the context, I'm wondering...

And I'm ready to dig in right now.The plan: to finish this fascinating retelling of the traditional fairytale "Donkeyskin" by French master storyteller Charles Perrault either today or tomorrow.  It'll count for both the High Summer Readathon and the Fairy Tale Challenge: Huzzah for a double score!

Ready to be tempted by more Book Beginnings and Friday 56's?
Go visit them!

MFB,
L

6 comments:

fredamans said...

Interesting 56! Thanks for participating!

The Book Gatherer said...

A fairytale indeed! But fairytales always have a sinister side to them so I wonder what happens?

http://thebookgatherer.blogspot.com/2011/07/book-beginningson-friday_29.html

Anne Bennett said...

I've never done anything on YouTube before. Could you coach me through the Banned Book 2 minute segments? Sounds fun.

aloi said...

such a lovely cover! and the quote raised me eyebrows too ... ! looks like an interesting read!

Between The Lines said...

Ooh! Good excerpt from page 56! Sounds good, enjoy :)

online pharmacy said...

I couldn't participate because of business, but I hope next year be part of it.

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