First Sentence Friday

Here’s the first sentence of the book I just started:

Running out of gas, Rabbit Angstrom thinks as he stands behind the summer-dusty windows of the Springer Motors display room watching the traffic go by on Route 111, traffic somehow thin and scared compared to what it used to be.

It’s Rabbit is Rich, by John Updike. When Updike died last year the New Yorker presented excerpts from his decades of writing that really impressed me, so I decided it was time I read something by him. I’m starting with the first in the Rabbit series.

~ by lolarusa on December 3, 2010.

4 Responses to “First Sentence Friday”

  1. I love Rabbit. I’ve read all of them.

  2. its a great book.

  3. I’ve never read the books, but I’ve always meant to, according to wikipedia though the first book in the series is rabbit, run:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit,_Run

  4. I thought it seemed to start in the middle – when Rabbit’s middle-aged, for instance, but a list I read somewhere said it was the first one. Probably not crucial to read them in order, though.

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