Friday, February 22, 2013

First Line Fridays: Feb. 22nd, 2013

Welcome again to FLF!
Sadly, February is a short month, so (for now) with this post the Dickens theme will come to a close. Yes, there are plenty of other books he's written and ALL good! I shall get to them in my time.
For now, enjoy this Classic Opener we ALL should now in one form or another from Tale of Two Cities!

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

Again, I have sadly not read this Classic yet. I have seen a condensed stage form of it (as it was a one-act entrance for high school)and I do know that there is a musical out there too. However, I'll get to those after I read the novel.

Friday, February 15, 2013

First Line Friday: Feb. 15th 2013

And welcome to the 3rd week of FLF and our February theme: Dickens!

"My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip."

So starts Great Expectations! Yet ANOTHER novel focused on the rags to riches of a boy.
Again, I haven't read the book itself, but being here on FLF it certainly is on my List.

Friday, February 8, 2013

First Line Friday: Feb 8th, 2013

Welcome back to FLF!
To continue with our monthly love Dickens, I bring you another story of another boy.  David Copperfield

"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show."

I'll admit, I have yet to read this Classic fully as I do most of Dickens' works but it comes HIGHLY recommended by my mother of all people. Therefore, it shall follow suite RIGHT after Oliver Twist.

Friday, February 1, 2013

First Line Friday: Feb 1st 2013

Welcome to a whole NEW month of FLF!
This time, we will be focusing on Charles Dickens. After All, February is is birth month.
His first book this month will be the base of the musical OLIVER! That's right, the book Oliver Twist.

"Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of business at all events;the item of morality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter."

I just LOVE the way Dickens words in order to get the reader from the get go. It's as if he's there talking to the Reader face to face.