Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Tragedy of Fidel Castro (March 22)

tragedy of fidel castroMy choice of book for this week’s Friday meme combo is The Tragedy of Fidel Castro by João Cerqueira. I won this in a recent giveaway and it looks like one that I might really enjoy. The following short description comes from GoodReads:

When God receives a request from Fátima to help prevent a war between Fidel Castro and JFK, he asks his son, Jesus, to return to Earth and diffuse the conflict. On his island, Fidel Castro faces protests on the streets and realizes that he is about to be overthrown. Alone, surrounded, and aware that the end is fast approaching, he plays his last card. Meanwhile, Christ arrives on Earth and teams up with Fátima, who is convinced she can create a miracle to avoid the final battle between JFK and Fidel Castro and save the world as we know it. At the end, something really extraordinary happens!

Humorous, rich with metaphor, and refreshingly imaginative, The Tragedy of Fidel Castro was chosen as the book-of-the-month and book-of-the-year by Os Meus Livros magazine.

Now for this week’s excerpts:

book beginningsBook 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 The Tragedy of Fidel Castro:

(beginning of the prologue) After the second ring, God answered the phone and heard a woman’s anxious voice. “Master, it’s me. The war’s about to begin.”

(beginning of part I) Wandering through the muddy fairground with two guardsmen, JFK watched the seething commercial activity exultantly. Here were buyers and sellers from all parts of the world, including from the land of Fidel.

Friday 56I have no idea what to make of this beginning, but I am really curious.

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 The Tragedy of Fidel Castro:

The chicken’s beady eye looked at the man who was getting ready to cut off its head. Chickens may be stupid, but they are incredibly brave.

When I saw this on page 56 I just knew that I had to use these sentences. I think this is going to be a fun read and I’m hoping to get to it soon.


3 thoughts on “Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Tragedy of Fidel Castro (March 22)

    • I didn’t get it finished. I’m going to try to get back to it during the summer if I can. There were too many other distractions at the time I started it.

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