Beginnings (More)

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Here, from 1992 – REVOLUTION #9 (second of the ’60’s novels, after HARD RAIN).

[“…Charlie’s hunt through the past is an often painful but always gripping story. Abrahams weaves in and out of time and temperament with considerable skill, and reminds us with each plot twist of the damage Vietnam did to the soul of America.” – Chicago Tribune]

The boy was named Ronnie. The only surviving photograph shows him in his batting stance. What can we tell from it? That he hit from the left side. That he wore his hair long, in the style of the time. That he had a solid-looking body, and a reliable-looking face. That there was nothing particularly cute about him – Norman Rockwell would never have put him in the front of a picture. But Ronnie might have appeared in the background, diving into the old fishing hole. And he might have grown up to be quite handsome. Going beyond that would be pure speculation. How much character can be read in the face of an eleven-year-old boy?


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15 Responses to “Beginnings (More)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:46 am on February 3rd, 2019

    Good morning everyone. We are enjoying the Beginning series. Heck, we enjoy just about every Peter Abrahams and Spencer Quinn, including Quacky Baseball.
    Have a super Sunday.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:23 am on February 3rd, 2019


    Wondering if the book’s title is a hat tip to the Beatles? :^)

    Grizz and I are off to the cinema to see “The Wizard of Oz.” This time, I purchased the tickets on-line.

    Good day to all!

  3. B.Stover
    9:43 am on February 3rd, 2019

    I like Rose’s point about the title.

    Good morning all.

  4. Thieves!
    11:38 am on February 3rd, 2019

    Rio: Check your Beauphone!

    Speaking of Beau, we studied the good bookie today in bible study. We also get out of bible study early on account if the big game today.

  5. Hobbitz
    12:01 pm on February 3rd, 2019

    Beau: do prayers help a team win? Inquiring minds want to know

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    5:54 pm on February 3rd, 2019

    Game!…Day!…yeeep!…My friend has made her homemade pizza dough and has all the glorious toppings cut up and ready to go….slurp!…In just a while she will be rolling out that dough and making magic happen…gurgle!…A photo may or may not be in the future….chuffle!

    Starts!…(so they say..} at 5:30 central time….yeeep!snazzle!…We here are torn between the 2 teams. But I’m guessing we will pull for New England Pats. Just because Brady is getting up there…heh!heh!…But may the best team win!Win!WIN!….yes!

  7. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:14 pm on February 3rd, 2019

    Grizz and I really enjoyed seeing “Oz” on the big screen. Some films do not need to be seen on the big screen, but this one is not one of them.

    RIO! I hope there are some pizza pictures…Yum!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:11 pm on February 3rd, 2019

    Rose!…Sorry! there was no opportunity to get a photo…wheeze!burp!…The pizza is close to what my friend has in her mind as to what pizza should be. It is very close…snort!

  9. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:59 pm on February 3rd, 2019

    RIO! When are you inviting me to your house for dinner?

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:39 pm on February 3rd, 2019

    Rose!…You are welcome to come here anytime once the weather is above 70 degrees or more!…snort!snort!

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:42 pm on February 3rd, 2019

    Now!….Everything in the patio is covered up to save it from the weather…grump!…Even the little birds are in hiding. But once Spring comes she will once again paint the patio floor. For some reason part of it just wont hold paint…grumble!…This spring she will be on the lookout for a wicker table to go with her lovely wicker chairs…chuffle!

    Game!….Back to the Game!…yeeep!

  12. Herd of Hounds
    9:22 pm on February 3rd, 2019

    Dawson and Hobbitz, thank you for talking your polar vortex back north. Even if we have rain here, at least Alaska clothes won’t be necessary for a couple of weeks.

  13. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:31 pm on February 3rd, 2019

    RIO! Chuffle! :^)

  14. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:16 pm on February 3rd, 2019

    Tom!…The Big Dawg won again!…snort!snort!…Seriously unbelievable team….wow!…I thought the Rams had a chance and they held their own for quit a while, but in the end…zap!

  15. Staff
    11:28 pm on February 3rd, 2019

    Rio, I remember your patio. It was very nice even if it didn’t have a table. The chairs were great and we could listen to the birds. That was a good time.

    We watched the kitty bowl here….

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