Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – Goya’s Dog (November 23)

For this week’s Friday meme combo I have chosen Goya’s Dog by Damian Tarnopolsky. I picked this book up for a dollar at the local library book sale. I know nothing about it, but the cover and the description inside piqued my interest enough to give it a go. The description on the inside of the slipcover is as follows:

Edward Dacres is an unforgettable anti-hero, a dissolute abstract painter whose fortunes in London have dwindled to nothing.When a misdirected letter invites him to take part in a delegation to bring art to the “Colonies,” Dacres seizes the opportunity. Once in North America, however, a series of mishaps forces Dacres to abandon the troupe and try his luck in the puritan climate of 1939 Toronto, most of whose citizens have their thoughts on the war and don’t care a whit for his painted triangles. Most, that is, with the notable exception of a beautiful heiress with an eye for art and a wilful determination to save Dacres from himself.

Goya’s Dog is a love story laced with satire and a historical novel bearing on contemporary truths. A picaresque tale of gin, cowardice, and artistic paralysis, it toys with our notions of the artist’s role in times of war and considers the selfishness inherent in our passions—and the self-sacrifice fundamental to love.

Now for this week’s excerpts:

Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of Goya’s Dog:

Hell, thought Dacres, if Lady Dunfield didn’t shut up he was going to hurl himself through the window.

I have to admit, this beginning gave me a chuckle and now I want to know what it is about Lady Dunfield that would cause such a reaction.

The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of Goya’s Dog:

Dacres spoke lightly: “That’s what women are like. Just when you think you know where you stand, poof! They disappear.”

The man laughed, turned, nodding.

Well, at least Dacres seems to have found someone who might agree with him! That’s my excerpts for this week. I’ve added this book to my TBR pile, but there are some others I’ll probably read before it.

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5 thoughts on “Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – Goya’s Dog (November 23)

  1. 🙂 the title of the book caught my interest and the snippets are interesting.. thanks for sharing.. do check out my snippets as well as the giveaway on my blog myrandrspace.blogspot.com

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