Monday, October 19, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpg"The Tramp steamer Drake plowed away from the coast of India and pushed its blunt prow into the Arabian Sea, homeward bound. Slowly it made its way west toward the Gulf of Aden." (Published 1941) 

I love the classics and plan to share some "opening lines" over the coming months. Comment if you like, or read for inspiration. Writing styles were different then, but were they really?

14 comments:

  1. I just reread this book a few months ago! Great classic... :-)

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    1. Hi Kenda.....Lucky you finding time to read :)

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  2. Has always been on my TBR. It calls to me.

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    1. Ah....I hope you find time. Bad me, I've only seen the movie.

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    1. Truly, truly. Thanks for visiting Yvonne.

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  4. I also love classics and the opening lines to all novels!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. I loved the Black Stallion series as a kid. Read all of Alec's adventures along with all the other series by Farley. Sadly, when I looked a them a few years ago, I found such a lot of telling, passive verbs, overuse of adverbs and other things we writers aren't supposed to do that it took all my enjoyment away. But I'm glad you found the gems still in there and it lived up to your memories. Have a lovely weekend! :)

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    1. I suppose that's true. We have so many tools today to make our writing shine...a good thing without doubt! Still, the feelings and memories these older works evoke are priceless! In this case, it's the story that lingers most. Thanks, Lexa!

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  6. Oh my I missed this one and I loved this book.

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    1. Thank you, Birgit. All the best to you my friend :)

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  7. William Farley passed me by too. I wonder how I would react as an adult were I to read him? A previous comment re too many adverbs etc could be a learning exercise - for me. Thanks Sharon, they're powerful opening lines ...

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  8. I wonder too. My granddaughter is at the perfect age for this book....need to send her a copy. I'll be curious to see if she loves. Thanks for commenting Susan :)

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