Friday, July 12, 2013

Book Beginnings on Fridays/The Friday 56/Friday Four Fill-in Fun Blog Hop

Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.

There is dust in this caravan of a classroom, and Mira the teacher's hair is fake orange and scorched at the tips. We are seniors now, seventeen, and we have almost finished all of Israel's history. We finished history of the world in the tenth grade.

~Page 1,  The people of forever are not afraid by Shani Boianjiu

The Friday 56 is a fun meme to do hosted by Freda's Voice. If you'd like to join on the fun go to The Friday 56.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Link it here.

The boys, I think. The boys. Boris has shot them.
And my breath halts at the entrance of my throat.
Then I run. I can run too.
"They are just kids, " I shout at Boris as I kick him, then jump above him lying on the cement.

~Page 56The people of forever are not afraid by Shani Boianjiu

Book Description:

Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain. Yael trains marksmen and flirts with boys. Avishag stands guard, watching refugees throw themselves at barbed-wire fences. Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day. They gossip about boys and whisper of an ever more violent world just beyond view. They drill, constantly, for a moment that may never come. They live inside that single, intense second just before danger erupts.

In a relentlessly energetic and arresting voice marked by humor and fierce intelligence, Shani Boianjiu creates an unforgettably intense world, capturing that unique time in a young woman's life when a single moment can change everything.


Every Friday, Hilary of Feeling Beachie lists four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blogs
This week’s statements:

1. I never sleep well
2. Lying is hard for me
3. My favorite place is home to vacation in the summer because it gives me endless days to read.
4. The best concert I’ve seen was a new unknown group in Delhi because it had the best songs played in wonderful voices


bermudaonion said...

People who do sleep well don't realize what a blessing it is.

Juli Rahel said...

Oh wow, this sounds really interesting. I've always been fascinated by the history of Isreal, just because there's so much happening there! I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing :)
My Friday post
Juli @ Universe in Words

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

An intriguing opener and 56. Enjoy! Here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

Lianne @ said...

That's an intriguing opening, the book sounds really curious. Thanks for sharing this title with us, hope you have a happy reading weekend :)

My Friday Book Memes

Kathy Martin said...

I think the book sounds interesting. I hope you are enjoying it. Thanks for visiting my blogs. Happy reading!

Lindsay said...

I've heard a lot of good things about this book. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for commenting on my post too.

Hilary said...

I am not a good sleeper either - it so stinks!

fredamans said...

Interesting snippets. Sounds like a powerful read.

Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

That sure sounds like it really intense book. Thanks for sharing the opening passage on Book Beginnings.

I signed up as a follower. I thought I already was a follower, but apparently not. Sorry about the.

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Julie said...

Oh, my gosh ... this book sounds REALLY good ... I hope you're enjoying it. Thanks for sharing!

JC Jones said...

Great opening. Here is my post:
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Susi said...

I like to vacation at home too but I can never sit still and would do to much instead of truly relaxing! :)

Anonymous said...

i loved reading your 'book beginnings on fridays' post. I'm visiting from 'friday four fill-in fun'. I don't sleep well either. Lying is also hard for me. Reading is a passion of mine, so to be home in the summer, reading sounds like a wonderful vacation to me!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm not a good sleeper either!

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

They finished reading the history of the world in 10th grade, but are still reading the history of Israel in 12th? Hmmm. Very intriguing. Please visit my blog and sign up for my Blogoversary Giveaway. Anne @My Head is Full of Books

Jaffareadstoo..... said...

Thanks for visiting my blog:)

Your Friday Book Beginnings sounds intriguing !

Vonnie said...

Reading about going to school in Israel is very interesting.

Thanks for stopping by!

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Hi Gautami,

Those opening words might make me want to read on, however if read in conjunction with the synopsis, I know just wouldn't be the book for me.

I find Middle Eastern politics particularly dark and disturbing, despite the fact that we Brits had much the greatest say in shaping Israel's future, determining its troubled and recent past and to some extent, deciding its future.

We haven't done a great job on the whole, so I would probably find this book a bit too realistsic for comfort.

I hope that you take something away with you from having read this story and thanks for sharing.