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)

Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littin by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I have been able to read over the last few days, so long as I take it slowly, although using the computer is still very challenging. I borrowed this from the library. It appealed to me for two reasons. Firstly, it is written by one of my favourite authors, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He has an amazing writing style and I can't get enough of his works. Secondly, it is about a film director who was exiled from Chile during Pinochet's military dictatorship. Later, he re-enters Chile disguised as a Paraguayan businessman with the intent of filming a documentary about Pinochet's cruel regime. My family-in-law are from Chile and so although I wouldn't normally read non-fiction, this is an issue that I find interesting from a personal and a political perspective. The opening sentence is:
"Ladeco flight 115 from Asuncion, Paraguay, was about to land an hour late at Santiago's Pantahual airport."
Nothing particularly exciting there at all, I have to admit that it doesn't do much for me, but the rest of the book has been pretty good so far.

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


  1. Yup, that opening does not seem very exciting.

    Mine's from The Turn of the Screw.

  2. I really enjoy reading GGM's writing. It has been ages since I read one though.

  3. I once tried to read One Hundred Years of Solitude but I never finished it. I am also interested in Love in the Time of Cholera so maybe someday I will return to Marquez. I hope you enjoy the book!

  4. Yes, that first sentence is not very hard hitting. But GGM's prose builds gradually and then leaves a lasting impression - I loved One Hundred Years of Solitude. Look forward to your review of this one - I rarely read non-fiction too, but this does sound interesting.

    PS: Becky - glad you are starting to feel better :)

  5. Still haven't read anything by him :)
    Have a great weekend!

  6. I ever read anything by him either...but hope you enjoy it!

  7. Unless I get cracking this afternoon, I haven't started a new book this week! I'll have to visit and come back next week to participate.

  8. I just put this one on hold, thanks for bringing it to my attention! I'll be interested to hear what you think about it since you have a personal interest in Chile.

    So glad you are getting your reading eyes back!

    Here's mine:

  9. I have never read anything by that author... I hope you enjoy it! Just joined the meme. Thanks for hosting!

  10. I haven't read anthing of his, but I see so much praise for him. I'm joining in for the first time this week. Thanks for having me!

  11. I guess I'd be interested in reading further to find out why the late arrival of the plane was so important to be the first sentence.

  12. Welcome to the new people participating, I hope you enjoy having a look at the opening sentences as much as I do.

    Buffy - thats great! Let me know when you do a review of it, I just finished it and would love to know what other people think of it.

    To everyone else - thanks for joining in once again!

  13. New person here (waving my hands in the air)

    I like an opening sentence that grabs you immediately. To me this sets the pace for the whole story.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  14. So this is my first time participating in this meme. Also became a follower since I love reading through your posts! :)


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