Daily Post: Call Me Ishmael

Daily Prompt:

Take the first sentence from your favorite book and make it the first sentence of your post.

Unbroken“IN THE PREDAWN DARKNESS OF AUGUST 26, 1929, IN THE back bedroom of a small house in Torrance, California a twelve-year-old boy sat up in bed, listening.”

That is the first sentence of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. While this may not be my favorite book, it is an excellent book that will always stick with me. I have read many books. I have also forgotten about many books. But, there are those books over the years that stick with me for whatever reason. Maybe they speak to me in some way or are extraordinarily written or have a unique storytelling method. This particular book I remember as being very well written, telling a captivating story that was detailed, interesting, gripping and is poignant reminder about the realities of war.

I read this book about 2 years ago while on vacation. A more recent book that has struck one of my chords is Calico Joe by John Grisham, so I could have easily chosen to use that here as well. This book is about baseball so it is consistent with my preference of Grisham’s books that are not based on lawyers. Unfortunately that eliminates most of his novels from my reading list, but it’s a pretty full list already, so that’s okay.

6 thoughts on “Daily Post: Call Me Ishmael

  1. I loved the book, Unbroken, as well. It was also an experience where learning was enjoyable and I gained even more respect for our military.

  2. I have to admit I never read the book. Great opening line though. Also, wanted to answer your comment that you made on my post. Yes, it’s Jane Eyre! I have to admit, I know of no man that has read the book. I wanted to answer you here instead of on mine so that other readers could make a guess if they wanted. Didn’t want to give it up too soon! I will of course credit you as being the first tomorrow when I tell everyone what the book is. Thanks for playing along! :-)

    • After taking several graduate level classes on the history of sexuality, feminist research methods and gender in the media, I think you would be surprised by a lot of the things I’ve read :0) Great idea with the guessing contest and original story.

      • wow, you must have read a lot of good women classics then. You have to admit though, Bronte is not the usual fare for men. But I am impressed that I finally ‘met’ a man who has! thank you also for reading my story.

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