Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – Post Captain (April 26)

post captainThis week I have chosen Post Captain by Patrick O’Brian for my weekly Friday meme combo. It is the second book (of 21) in the Aubrey-Maturin series. I recently read the first one and hope to eventually get through all 21! GoodReads has the following brief description:

The year is 1803, and that scalawag Napoleon Bonaparte has gone to war again. For Captain Jack Aubrey, who has fled to France to escape his creditors, this is doubly alarming news. In short order the captain is interned, makes his escape across the French countryside, and leads a ship into battle. And again, his adventures are cleverly counterpointed by those of his alter ego Stephen Maturin.

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 Post Captain:

At first dawn the swathes of rain drifting eastwards across the Channel parted long enough to show that the chase had altered course.

I really like this beginning. It sounds like its in the same vein as the first one, so I’m sure to enjoy it.

Friday 56The 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 Post Captain:

‘February 15…then when she suddenly kissed me, the strength left my knees, quite ludicrously, and I could scarcely follow her into the ball-room with any countenance. I had sworn to allow no such thing again, no strong dolorous emotion ever again: my whole conduct of late proves how I lie.

I look forward to reading this one soon and I know I will eventually get through this series. I just wish they had made more than one movie out of this series, but I’ll settle for all the books instead.


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