Beginnings (More)

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Chet and Bernie’s (as part of Chetspeak) – and starting last week taking on all the Peter Abrahams novels in chronological order. Here, from 1982, #2 – TONGUES OF FIRE.

It was the night Israel died.

It was night as bright as day.

It could have been day, on another planet where the sky was red and purple and green; where the clouds were balls of orange and yellow fire; where the ground never stopped trembling; where there was no air to breathe, only smoke and dust, cordite and oil, shrapnel and blood.

It could have been a colossal experiment to drive rats crazy; but people, not rats went mad. The rats would go on as they always did.


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17 Responses to “Beginnings (More)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    10:21 am on January 14th, 2018

    Good morning, everyone! Certainly a graphic opening. We are enjoying the beginnings.
    If you aren’t in the west, don’t shiver too much this Sunday.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    11:26 am on January 14th, 2018


    GRUMP! Con Ed just restored our electricity which has been out since 8:30 this morning.

    Good day to all!

  3. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    12:08 pm on January 14th, 2018

    Keeping with tradition, here is OFA’s photo from the inside back flap of Tongues of Fire.

  4. dawson
    12:09 pm on January 14th, 2018

    Tongues of Fire?
    I know I have a bad memory but I don’t remember hearing this title before. Ominous opening scene.

    We are having a wonderfully warm, -15 C (+4 F), cloudy day.

    Wose: I hope your electricity stays on.

    Good day to all.

  5. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    12:09 pm on January 14th, 2018

    And here the cover of the book as originally published in 1982.

  6. Herd of Hounds
    12:23 pm on January 14th, 2018

    Wose, we hope you were able to stay a little warm during your power outage. Did the Alaska coat get used? Stay toasty during the coming snow.

  7. Herd of Hounds
    12:25 pm on January 14th, 2018

    W&T’s Paw, love it with your historic information.

  8. Masquers
    12:51 pm on January 14th, 2018

    Thanx to OFA for the opening lines and to W&T’s Paw for the cover info. We are definitely adding that new/old book to our reading list.

    RiƵ: Encouraging news about your friend’ bites. Paws crossed this newest remedy does the trick.

    Denali in Sadie’s igloo…Mr. Big on Sadie’s bed…Sadie waiting for a new pillow. In the Hobbit House kats rule.

    It really is a Sun-day..57 degrees!..I’m spending the rest of the day outside! Sorry everyone. Wish we could share. ^..^

  9. Staff
    1:26 pm on January 14th, 2018

    Wookie and Teddies Paw. (snicker) That is a very nice tiny piece of a quilt the book is resting on.

    I suppose you have been spelling Pa as Paw all this time but I just now had the light bulb go off. Sometimes I can be really slow.

  10. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    4:37 pm on January 14th, 2018

    Staff: Thanks for the compliment, but as you can imagine, it goes to Debbie, not to me. I needed a background for the photos that did not reflect light, so the quilt in our second bedroom seemed perfect in that regard. I was wondering if anyone would notice and I suspected that, if anyone did, it would be you. So you can see the quilt unobstructed by OFA’s literary materials, I have taken a photo the the quilt in its entirety below.

  11. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    4:38 pm on January 14th, 2018

    Oh, and as regards the “Paw” that is compliments of Rio in terms of how he refers to me.

  12. Staff
    5:11 pm on January 14th, 2018

    Good job “Paw”,
    Thank you so much for the picture of the quilt. I downloaded it and have been exploring all the lovely fabrics in it. I love Debbie’s use of color. I think of her often as her crazy chicken quilt hangs in my stairwell. LOL

  13. Wose-The Small and Meek
    5:11 pm on January 14th, 2018

    HOH: Before the power came back on, Steve manually lit the pilot lights on the stove. We just got back from mall walking and dinner. Fortunately, the electricity is still on!

    W’s&T’s Pa (Paw): Thanks for the pictures of OFA! Such matinee idol looks! The quilt is lovely! And I like that Rio refers to you as “Paw”. :^)

  14. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:11 pm on January 14th, 2018

    Tongues of Fire…sounds like what must happen to Rio when he eats his Friend’s green chili. :^)

  15. Masquers
    6:27 pm on January 14th, 2018

    Rose; Lol!

  16. Thieves!
    9:23 pm on January 14th, 2018

    Wose: who is the Steve of whom you speak? And, what have you done with Grizz?

  17. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:20 am on January 15th, 2018

    Thieves! Egads! My pointy head experienced a momentary lapse of reason. Steve is the two-left handed man who sometimes masquerades as a fixer-upper in this apartment. As for Grizz, he is still asleep, snoring loudly.

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