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Melony



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:27 am    Post subject: Page 56, 5th Sentence  Reply with quote

Has anyone played this?  You pick up the book right next to you and turn to page 56, 5th sentence.

For instance:
"You could go to jail for doing something like that."

Jack Kerouac, On the Road


I don't think one is supposed to guess the author, but only see what lines come up.


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VillageDuckpond



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Melony

Any book because I am reading a pretty light one at the moment?

Sasha


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Caro



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, sadly the 4th or 6th sentence would be much better from Anna Karenina.  The 5th sentence says, "It was apparent at the first glance."  (Even this, though, has an interest, in that I don't think a modern writer would put 'the' before 'first glance.)

I might try a well-known book and not put the author and see what comes up.  But AK genuinely was the book closest to me sitting here at the computer.  Though had I looked the other side and underneath some paper I would have found Agatha Christie's Ten Little Niggers (not a renamed edition) and the line there is, "What else was there to say?"

I think we need some Proust!  

Cheers, Caro.


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VillageDuckpond



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Possibly lowering the tone but this book was genuinely on my bedside table when I received the e-mail about this thread:

Page 56, 5th sentence of 'Summer School' by Domenica de Rosa

'You don't know what you're taking on, JP.'

Sasha


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Le professeur a-t-il nous visite aujourd'hui?
I am guessing it says "The doctor has not seen you recently?"

From Winnie and Wolf by A N Wilson.

Great idea for a quiz Melony Laughing  Laughing  Laughing


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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"In the year 2014 the news was always dismal, and Morag, fifteen years old, generally did her best to ignore it."

-The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Three (Story: "Artifacts", by Stephen Baxter)



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VillageDuckpond



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understand it as:

'Has the Doctor been to see us today?'

Sasha

I am open to correction, however Smile


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VillageDuckpond



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops.....I mean 'the Professor' and not 'the Doctor'

Sasha


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VillageDuckpond



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Omg, even 'the teacher'!

Sasha


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Hector



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Her visits brought the two old people such pleasure she went regularly, pretending to be confused by something or other: ruched collars, raglan sleaves, accordian pleats"

From A Fine Balance by Rohinto Mistry

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Hector



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