Friday 24 July 2015

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.




Book Description:


 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 .




  1. I'm not sure about this one. The premise sounds interesting but the beginning didn't really grab me. I'll have to find out more about it. Enjoy the read!

    1. Hi Katherine

      I agree it isn't the best beginning, the book is wonderful though.

  2. I like the description in the opening, but it feels kind of detached. It does set a mood, however. The synopsis sounds like the story is full of interesting characters.
    My Friday post features The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty.


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