Beginnings (More)

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels, including those written under Spencer Quinn. Here, from 1982, #2 – TONGUES OF FIRE.

[This fascinating story relates very plausibly to our age and time. It is gripping.”
– Bestsellers]

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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19 Responses to “Beginnings (More)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:03 am on January 13th, 2019

    Good morning. Very graphic beginning.
    Happy Beginnings and Chetspeak and Egg Day and Sunday.
    Enjoy this first day of a new week.

  2. B.Stover
    9:13 am on January 13th, 2019

    Yes, it is graphic.

    Good morning all.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:48 am on January 13th, 2019


    A book’s first few opening paragraphs can make or break a book for me. This opening definitely grabs my attention.

    Good day to all!

  4. Diane C.
    10:03 am on January 13th, 2019

    Good Morning HOH, B. Stover and Wose–The first two sentences grabbed me immediately.
    I hope you’re all enjoying winter (it’s cold here, and we’ve had rain). 5-week Wintersession continues tense (a lot of material packed into very little time) so I’m going to a concert this afternoon (and praying it won’t rain on the drive into LA–or on the way back).
    Have a Super Sunday, everyone…Here’s something a student sent me to illustrate breaching social norms (or maybe resocialization)

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    5:10 pm on January 13th, 2019

    Starbucks and Scrabble Sunday for Grizz and I. I lost both games. :^(

    Watching the news here. Looks like the Washington, DC area is getting lots of snow. Wondering if Teddy RR is out playing in it.

    Thinking about Nana, Bear, and Masquers. Hope all is well with them.

  6. Hobbitz
    5:24 pm on January 13th, 2019

    Opening paragraphs can make or break a book. It is hard when it takes a chapter to two to get into a book.

    Tropical here at +25 after two weeks of very cold temperatures.

    Wose: I meant to tell you how impressed I am that Grizz plays banjo. Whenever I hear Gordon Lightfoot’s Canadian Railroad Triology, I always imagine a vital banjo part that is missing in the song. At one time wanted to learn to play the banjo.
    Trying to be a lazy dog today but alas, it is not in the cards.

  7. Loulou
    5:35 pm on January 13th, 2019

    I just learned Jay Monti died on December 20 at his brother’s home in Pa. I had last heard from him December 11th and have feared the worst since then.

  8. Wookie’s and Teddy’s Paw
    5:52 pm on January 13th, 2019

    Teddy has had a blast in the snow. It’s still snowing; a lot more than we were expecting.

  9. SnowBella
    5:54 pm on January 13th, 2019

    Creator: Please bless and keep Jay’s spirit. Please bless he didn’t suffer. Please comfort those who love him whether they are animal or human who are grieving him. Please bless he will know he is loved. Thank you for his generous spirit. Amen.

  10. Herd of Hounds
    6:04 pm on January 13th, 2019

    Amen and amen.

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:48 pm on January 13th, 2019

    Jay!…Oh that is very sad news…sniffle!…LuLu I’m glad you told us. We here were wondering how he was doing and now we know he is at peace…snuffle! Amen!

  12. Hobbitz
    7:24 pm on January 13th, 2019

    LouLou: please convey if you can our Plunderer condolences to Jay’s family. I think he helped acquire the Hobbit Hotel sign for my house which I cherish.

  13. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:31 pm on January 13th, 2019

    Hobbitz: Grizz also plays harmonica. I have been thinking about teaching myself the ukulele.

    Teddy: I wish I was livin’ the dream with you in the snow. Last I heard, you had about 7 inches!

    Just this morning, I was wondering about Jay. I am very sad to hear this news. Any word on what will happen to Tyb?

  14. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:35 pm on January 13th, 2019

    This is the first song I would like to learn on the ukulele…

  15. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:51 pm on January 13th, 2019

    Rose!…Grizz and I should jam sometime!…snorkel!

  16. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:00 pm on January 13th, 2019

    RIO! I can picture the two of youse around a little campfire…you with your harmonica, and Grizz with his banjo. Chuffle!

  17. BooBear
    9:14 pm on January 13th, 2019

    So sad to hear about Jay. Mom and I will treasure our cardinal picture! Hope TYB will be well cared for.

  18. Ole Doc and Wee Nigel
    10:02 pm on January 13th, 2019

    We would like to lift a water dish in Jay’s honor:

  19. dawson
    11:53 pm on January 13th, 2019

    Amen and thanks for the prayer from Snowbella, and the lovely hymn from Ole Doc and Wee Nigel.

    Loulou: It was an honor to meet Jay and Tyb at your place. Thank you for letting us know the sad news. Rest in peace, kind man.

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