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#3 – Post a Passage from Your Favorite Book

“The Santa Anas blew in hot from the desert, shriveling the last of the spring grass into whiskers of pale straw.  Only the oleanders thrived, their delicate poisonous blooms, t heir dagger green leaves.  We could not sleep in the hot dry nights, my mother and I.  I woke up at midnight to find her bed empty.  I climbed to the roof and easily spotted her blond hair like a white flame in the light of the quarter moon.”

From WHITE OLEANDER by Janet Fitch

This is the first paragraph of the book.  I was hooked as soon as I started reading.



3 responses

  1. ~cat

    Thanks a lot Sandy. This post made me spend money when I had to track down and order a book I read when I was a kid. 😛

    August 11, 2011 at 3:24 am

  2. Don’t blame me for your spending habits. 🙂
    What was the book? You should read White Oleander.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

  3. ~cat

    The Brumby, by Mary Elwyn Patchett (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brumby-Puffin-Books-Elwyn-Patchett/dp/0140302174)
    “Switching from the viewpoints of either the boy, Joey, or the silver brumby stallion, this book tells a tale of cruelty to horses, of family love, of overcomming hardships and of hope.
    One day Joey spies a beautifull bumby herd living on his father’s land, but when he spots the smoky colt he heart is taken. He longs to claim the colt as his own, but a disastrous event leads to the herd fleeing, vanishing into the mountains. Yet Joey is adament that the Brumby, his colt, will return, but the horse is suffering his own troubles.
    Due to a terrible loneliness and the wish to be with his own kind, the Brumby is captured and falls into the brutal care of a cruel man and turns savage. And Joey watches on in horror as his horse turns killer!
    A good book, if a bit gory at some places, yet the descriptions of the Australian bush are super. “

    August 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm

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