book beginnings on Friday: Tales from Watership Down by Richard Adams

Thanks to Rose City Reader 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.

in lieu of a cover shot, since mine is a plain hardback missing its dust jacket, I give you one of the fine illustrations from within.

I’m doing it backwards again, since I’ve not read Watership Down, sigh. I look forward to getting my hands on a copy! The first story in this follow-up volume of Tales, entitled “The Sense of Smell,” begins:

“Tell us a story, Dandelion!”

It was a fine May evening of the spring following the defeat of General Woundwort and the Efrafans on Watership Down.

And so we start with several clues as to the history of those gathered around to hear a story; and who amongst us readers doesn’t enjoy storytime? I think it’s an auspicious beginning.

What are you reading this weekend?

10 Responses

  1. I’m curious about this one. Currently I am reading Wild Swans by Jung Change. I heard her speak at the London Book Fair and she impressed me. Her book is wonderful. I love memoirs.

    • Great! Memoirs are one of my favorite genres to at least consider – not every one works for every person, but I too love a good memoir. Look forward to hearing about it.

  2. I haven’t read either. It is a nice beginning. Here is my post: Book Beginnings

  3. I read Watership Down many, many years ago. I didn’t even know this one existed. Thanks!

    • Well, for the record, lovers of Watership Down are apparently not universally pleased with Tales; it seems in large part they’re dissatisfied with the short-story format as opposed to the novel. But I find it sweet. Would love to know what you think if you get a chance to read it!

  4. Watership Down is one of those books I will probably never read. While I like fantasy, I really don’t like talking animals. I hope you enjoy it when it finally gets to your hands though. Happy reading!

  5. I haven’t read Watership Down yet, either, though I do have a copy somewhere. I didn’t know there was a follow-up to it. I hope you enjoy it!

    Here’s my Book Beginning.

  6. I am known to pester people with tell me a story. Great beginning!

  7. Sounds like an interesting group of stories. Never knew about this book. I looked at other posts on your site and you read quite a wide variety of books. I read mostly mysteries, with some non-fiction thrown in.

    Here is my Book Beginning post.

  8. […] missing its dust jacket, I give you one of the fine illustrations from within.As I noted in my book beginning post last week, I am taking this one out of order, since I have not yet read Watership Down. That […]

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