Monday, December 15, 2008

ON BOOKS ~ The Human Stain (again)...

MizB asks you to:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page.
  • Share the title of the book the teaser comes from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!

From pgs. 106-107 of THE HUMAN STAIN by Philip Roth (fiction)...

"When the minister read, along with the biblical stuff, a selection from Julius Caesar out of his father's cherished volume of Shakespeare's plays - the oversized book with the floppy leather binding that, when Coleman was a small boy, always reminded him of a cocker spaniel - the son felt his father's majesty as never before: the grandeur of both his rise and his fall, the grandeur that, as a college freshman away for barely a month from the tiny enclosure of his East Orange home, Coleman had begun faintly to discern for what it was.

Cowards die many times before their deaths;

The valiant never taste of death but once."

(Yes, that is only 2 sentences. Roth is a bit long-winded. Now you can see why I am still on his book and likely will be next week too! I particularly liked his description of the book in this passage though.)


Wendi said...

Wow - are all his sentences like that? It was interesting :) ~ thanks for sharing!

:) Wendi

Anonymous said...

What a great teaser! I've never read any Phillip Roth and I know I should. Thanks for such a good teaser.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure my former English teachers would have chopped that sentence to pieces!

Jenners said...

Whew!!! That kind of makes me not want to read the book in a way!!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! And if your husband even remotely likes Obits, then I would definitely consider getting him that book! It is really fascinating and the "creme de la creme" of obituaries!