book beginnings on Friday: Black Sun by Edward Abbey

Thanks to Katy at A Few More Pages for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line.

Black Sun is a novel by Edward Abbey (renowned author of much nonfiction, whose best-known novel is The Monkey Wrench Gang; he has been called “the Thoreau of the West”) about a fire lookout. If you read my earlier review of Fire Season you will understand my interest in the subject. I like it so far. Check out this beginning:

Each day begins like any other. Gently. Cautiously. The way he likes it. A dawn wind through the forest, the questioning calls of obscure birds. He hears the flutelike song, cool as silver, of a hermit thrush.

I love this picture of a day beginning gently, the way he likes it… very evocative, mood-setting.

What are you reading this weekend?

4 Responses

  1. Very nice description. It really gives a sense of the place.

    Here’s my Friday:

  2. That is a beautifully wrought opener that appeals to the senses. I could totally feel that day beginning.

    Thanks for sharing.


  3. Well, it establishes the nature of one of the characters which makes you want to continue reading to find out who he is.

  4. Oooh, I’ve been to a fire lookout before. They are so cool! Unfortunately it burned down this summer in a massive wildfire. 😦 This sounds so interesting!

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!

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