Tuesday, March 04, 2008

But I can manage this.

I've been tagged by Owl at Enough grows

The instructions are:

1. Grab the nearest book of 123 pages or more.
2. Open it to page 123.
3. Find the first 5 sentences and write them down.
4. Then invite 5 friends to do the same.

The nearest book to me is called 'The Post-Baby Conversation'; it's about maintaining your relationship after the birth of your baby. Page 123 is a quote; 'Matt' is explaining his perception of what his partner is going through.

...home, and to go from being a career woman, earning just the same as me, to staying at home playing with kids all day, I would imagine would be fairly demoralising; she needs the intellectual stimulation that is lacking when you are looking after a little kid. So I think all this contributes...

I haven't got to that point yet, but I can see where his partner's coming from.

I'm supposed to tag 5 people but maybe I'll just invite you to do it in my comments, if you feel so inclined. I'm curious to know what interesting tomes other people are reading.

10 comments:

tracer123 said...

"It is at this moment that one has to interrupt Mrs Camp in full flood with a firm 'No Mrs Camp!' That is not what happened. That is only what should have happened.
For the children did not love Elvis. They could hear him sing and their hearts would fill with emotion; they might even, some of them, be moved..."

Mikhela said...

what on earth was that?

Anonymous said...

This book beat the Perth Yellow Pages L - Z by just a few centimetres!

Stephen Colbert 'I am America (And so can you!)

"First off, if you are going to squander your youth in the Ivory Jungle, at least shoot for the Top Schools. They provide something the best firms look for, called cachet.
Rule of Thumb: If they are not in thre first two pages of US News and Word Report College Guide, all they offer is information and the possibility of drunken sex with your suitemate - a dangerous potential that will gnaw at you for the rest of your life."

Anonymous said...

From 'The Gathering' by Anne Enright (just beat 'The Infertility Cure' by Randine Lewis by one cm)

"...ever was behind it. Something boring and horrible; Death, that rapist, who comes in and walks around, and will not say what it is he wants, until he takes it. And I wish I could remember what made me sit up and throw my things in the case, and leave: I fancy a bit of birdsong; the..."

I am most impressed by her use of colons and semi-colons! I'm never brave enough to use them. I'm not actually up to this bit of the book yet. Even though i've not yet finished it, I think that 'Chesil Beach' should have won the Booker.

Sarah

tracer123 said...

Some random book I was reading about the relationship between Elvis and his mother, actually, it was quite interesting.

I don't want you to get the impression that I am in any way mad about Elvis, I'm not, I just love to read biographies.

Mikhela said...

Sarah, what about:

I am most impressed by her use of colons and semi-colons; I'm never brave enough to use them.

Anonymous said...

Somehow semi-colons never look right; they seem to be trying too hard or something. They leap off the page at me. I thought punctuation was supposed to sort of blend into the background. Which is not to say that your semi-colon and colon above are not: beautifully applied, subtle and artful.

Sarah

Anonymous said...

... base at Regulus. Helva broke silence to acknowledge landing instructions and the officially tendered regrets. The three ships set down simultaneoously at the wooded edge where Regulus' gigantic blue trees stood sentinal over the sleeping dead in the small Service cemetary. The entire Base complement progressed with measured step and formed an aisle from Helva to...'
From 'The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women'. It was a close call though, it was nearly Who Weekly.
Katya

Mikhela said...

Katya, I'm sure that made more sense in context, but that snippet sounds really laboured!

Anonymous said...

Well, that's modern fantasy by women for you.
Katya