Friday, February 26, 2010

Lines

I don't know what to read, so I'm reading two books at once. Here's a good line from the beginning of each:
"Gustav the Ripper? Werthen doubted it."
and

"We had hit the inevitable impass (sic), that stage in marriage when each day is like a long drive through Nebraska."
(See a related post on the joys of reading here.)

© Peter Rozovsky 2010

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15 Comments:

Anonymous kathy d. said...

"Verbal champagne" is terrific...one of the reasons we read.

Who wrote the book you're quoting here about marriage and what is the title?

February 26, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Verbal champagne it is. The marriage line is from Soul Patch by Reed Farrel Coleman.

February 26, 2010  
Blogger Loren Eaton said...

Love that second one. Great similie!

February 26, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I shall ask Coleman when I see him if he has lots of fans in Nebraska.

February 26, 2010  
Blogger seana said...

I'll ask aboout that Gustaf the Ripper, then. Because, well, I'm me.


v word=pulanki, which might be some sort of pancake, but then again, might not.

February 26, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I think Anton Pulanki finished fourth in the 30km men's biathlon.

"Gustav the Ripper" is Gustav Klimt, believe it or not, and the book is The Empty Mirror by J. Sydney Jones, who has a knack for including famous guys named Gus in the opening chapters of his novels.

February 26, 2010  
Blogger seana said...

I'm prepared to take the first on trust. Sort of.

I really hope Klimt doesn't turn out to be a villain.

February 26, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

He's not a villain, as least not yet. But he fears he may be what we would call a person of interest.

February 26, 2010  
Blogger Dorte H said...

I´ll vote for the second. It made such an impress on me.

February 27, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Your vote is duly registered, but this is no competition. Feel free to enjoy both lines and both books.

February 27, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I like the second line as well, but the incongruity of "Gustav the Ripper" is beguiling.

February 27, 2010  
Blogger Linkmeister said...

The name Klimt sounds like a Norwegian cross-country ski contestant, or perhaps a Dutch speedskater.

February 28, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

But it looks like this.

February 28, 2010  
Anonymous Elisabeth said...

Peter, I return to this post to ask you what you eventually thought of "The Empty Mirror." I just finished it and in spite of all the wonderful (to me) tidbits about Viennese people, places, food, etc. I found the story/plot rather heavy going. I kept putting the book down and picking it up again. Too many "clues" added too late in the story and a preposterous kill-the-Hapsburgs conspiracy plot.

March 15, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I wonder if Jones is more a historian at heart than a novelist.

March 15, 2010  

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