Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Nice sentence

I burned through a number of Robert Goddard's novels back in the late 90s. I burned out and moved on, but I just recently picked up his first one called Past Caring. I have to thank a recent Stephen King hat tip for rekindling my interest. Any doubts about the read were dispelled by the excellent first sentence* which is below:

The spring of 1977 found me, newly past thirty, a bad case of wasted talent in a largely waste city - an unemployed, divorced ex-schoolteacher of foundered promise and dismal prospect.

That's really packing in some info in a sentence.

*Technically not the first sentence as there was a brief prologue.

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