Book Beginnings on Fridays - Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is
for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book
you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the
sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the
opener inspires. Please remember to include the title
of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on
the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.
This week mine is Plainsong by Kent Haruf. I'm thoroughly enjoying it and taking my time reading it. It won't be too long before I read the others in the series either.
Here was this man Tom Guthrie in Holt standing at the back window in the kitchen of his house smoking cigarettes and looking out over the back lot where the sun was just coming up. When the sun reached the top of the windmill, for a while he watched what it was doing, that increased reddening of sunrise along the steel blades and the tail vane above the wooden platform.
Set in Colorado in the
1980s, Plainsong tells the story of various Holt residents. There's
teenager Victoria Roubideaux, pregnant and homeless, taken in by two
ageing, shy and somewhat taciturn cattle-farming brothers -- and the
changes wrought in all their lives as a result. Then there's high-school
teacher and single-father, Tom Gutherie, who has two sons, Ike and
Bobby, and a second chance at romance in the shape of colleague Maggie
Jones. Filled with unforgettable characters, Plainsong is both
convincing and compelling; a glorious, eloquent waltz of a novel. 'Like
all the best novels, Plainsong takes you into a world that is at once
real and vividly imagined. Here is a poetry of landscape, a tender and
passionate evocation of ordinary people in majestic country .