Friday, June 10, 2016

Book Beginnings: This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass, by Milena Busquets, translated by Valerie Miles (Hogarth Books, May 2016). From the book's first paragraph:
For some strange reason, I never considered what it would be like to be forty. When I was twenty, I could imagine myself at thirty, living with the love of my life and a bunch of kids. Or at sixty, baking apple pies with my grandchildren -- me who can't boil an egg to save my soul, but I would learn. Even at eighty, as an old bag drinking whisky with my girlfriends. But I never imagined myself at forty, not at fifty either. And yet here I am. It's my mother's funeral, and if that's not bad enough, I'm forty.
My Thoughts:

Not the most exciting opening, is it? Right away, I'm saying "so what?" and hoping the story picks up pretty fast. Actually, I've just finished reading this one, and I can tell you it does get better although it's probably not a book for everyone. Hope to get a short review up very soon.

Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Friday. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


  1. Hi,
    Haven't read this, but will keep and eye
    out for it. Have a great day!

  2. I can relate to everything but the funeral.

  3. I couldn't imagine myself at 40 either and look where I am now....never even thought about 60+! Ah, well, the book looks good, will have to keep it in mind.


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