Book Beginnings on Friday

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence. (Thanks to Rose City Reader for inspiring this meme)

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Bethany from Words, Words, Words sent me this book for free and I read it in one sitting yesterday. It was so spooky. Here is the opening sentence:
"The story held us round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on Christmas eve in an old house, a strange tale should essentially be, I remembered no comment uttered till somebody happened to say that it was the only case he had met in which such a visitation had fallen on a child."
That is what I love about Henry James, long rambling sentences, the scene is set and so is that creepy feeling that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. This is a great ghost story.

What about you? Leave a link to your Book Beginnings on Friday post in the Mr Linky below.


  1. ohmygosh I LOVE that book! I love how ambiguous it is, and how you don't really know if the governess is nuts or if you're nuts or if the house is haunted or what! I read a commentary on the story that said James purposefully made it that way, so your interpretation of the story says more about you than it does about him..

  2. I need to try reading Henry James again as an adult. When I was a teen in high school and college I tried to read some of his works but couldn't appreciate them. Great sentence! I've heard The Turn of the Screw is good.

  3. What a great opener for a wonderful story!

    Here's mine:

  4. What a coincidence! This one is also in my tbr pile right now. Great to hear that it's good.

  5. Hi Becky

    Sorry for attaching myself twice to this link.

    My book beginning is from "A Dutiful Daughter" by Thomas Keneally and you can find it here:

    I am really enjoying this story. Keneally has an unusual style. The narrative is told in the second person, which takes a bit of getting used to.

  6. Forgot to say that I love this opening by Henry James. Reviewed The Turning of the Screw a week or so ago. I did find a copy of Portrait of a Lady, for now its length seems a bit daunting to me, but have added it to the TBR pile.

    Thanks for this fun meme. Beginnings are quite telling I think :)

  7. Oooo I want to read this for the Lost challenge :) Great one!

  8. The Turn of the Screw is a classic I've been wanting to read for a long time!

  9. Stopping by from the Book Blogger Hop. I love the quote. I have not yet read The Turn of the Screw, but am planning to read another James novel to be announced soon as part of a reading series on my site.

    Hope that you'll stop by for a visit.

  10. I just posted my mine... although I call it First Line Friday.

  11. LOL The first time (and only time) I tried to read The Turn of the Screw I couldn't handle the long and rambling sentences. Maybe I'll try it again around Halloween.


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