Resorting to # 8 on the list

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#8 on the list: Blatently copy or imitate from the blogosphere and give credit of course.

Even tho I wasn't tagged - i tagged myself - looking for a post possibility. Found this meme over at Alexandra's (evidently she is the meme queen).

1. Grab the nearest book. If you are currently reading something, that’ll be fine too.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your Blog along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet I know that is what you were thinking!
6. Tag 5 people.

The sad but true results: The closest book to me was "On Writing Well" by William Zinsser. 5th sentence was boring. note - return to library.
Ok I'm okay with cheating a little so I look up for the next closest book to me and there is "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint Exupery, that i found in a box of books one sleepless night. Poetic justice: There is no page 123; there's only 111 pages in the book!
ok i'm going for the first coolest book i see up on the shelf above the desk and it's "Zen and the Art of Writing" by Ray Bradbury.
Poetic justice again? There is no page 122 - blank page, page 123 is just a title, no fifth sentence here, next real page is page 125.
Ok, I'm tired of this meme and not wanting to push my luck and get struck by lightening or something on my next try I'm passing it on to any and all takers. Leave a comment or link if you do; hope you have better results.

5 comments:

MB said...

I'll just mention them here. The book is The Language of Life, A Festival of Poets by Bill Moyers. The 4 sentences following the 5th sentence on pg 123 are:
"Yes, that poem is about my father. That he could return home to his children and be a kind man was a lesson for all of us. While we were growing up and very fragile, he gave us a sense of believing that if we studied hard we would get our due. We were aware of discrimination, but we still believed that things were changing, so we had confidence." (It's Rita Dove that's being quoted.)

gerry rosser said...

The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh (currently reading, not done):

The called-for sentences: "The night that followed was still worse--'altogether more and perilous,' says the priest. With no warning, a violent storm arose and pursued the priest and his party into a creek. They took their boat close to shore and, using all their ropes, tied it to a tree. But the storm raged with such ferocity that their cables could not long withstand the wind. Soon the ropes snapped and it seemed certain the boat would be blown out of its shelter, into a storm-tossed mohona where the waves were sure to rip apart the hull."

I don't know how to "tag" anyone.

rdl said...

Thanks alot guys!! and gerry you just post the directions on yr. blog with yr. sentences and tag 5 fellow bloggers in the post.

Sara said...

Argh. The nearest book is Larousse's Diccionario de la Lengua Española Esencial, and I have it to hand because I don't speak enough Spanish and I needed to look something up! Argh!

The closest way to follow these instructions would be to start here:

casete s.f. cajita de plástico que contiene usa cinto magnética en su interior para grabar or reproducir sonido. • s.m. Aparato grabador o reproductor de sonidos. º FAM. radiocasete, videocasete

But then I don't know where to stop.

Lorna said...

the description of your results was much more interesting than the 4 sentences I found on page 123 of Vernon God Little.

And I'm not surprised.