Book Beginnings has a new home and is now hosted by Katy at a Few More Pages.
How to participate: All you have to do is share the first line of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you're reading (and can go pick up a copy if it sounds good!). Then, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence (thanks to Rose City Reader for inspiring this meme). The link-up will be here at A Few More Pages every Friday.
"At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place in the plant office and was turning her head to speak to the girl at the next desk."
The first line is a great example of how the book is written: no frills, no holding back, and very heavy in details. The six people that Hersey interviewed for this book seem to have remembered every little thing that happened during the day the atomic bomb was dropped! I am only 43 pages into John Hersey's Hiroshima. This is a book I have meant to read for a couple decades (no kidding). So far it's pretty good, but it isn't gripping me the way I thought it would. However, I am going to keep going; it's such a short book it shouldn't take me too long to finish.
P.S. This is my 500th post! That feels so exciting!