Friday, April 25, 2008

Tagged - a book meme

Elizabeth Baines tagged me with this book-ish meme:
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

OK, so here goes:
1. Nearest book is A L Kennedy's Now That You're Back, a fabulous short story collection which I only just began reading after meeting AL Kennedy at Jewish Book Week, where she interviewed Shalom Auslander.

2. Page 123 is in the middle of a story I haven't read yet, called The Mouseboks Family Dictionary. This is a page of rather long sentences. ok, here goes:

Mouseboks Family Brothers never dress in cardigans and waistcoats, do not smoke pipes, or love small children and pets, nor do their Uncles have pockets inexhaustibly filled with fresh boiled sweets, chocolates and peppermints, nor do their Cousins have any discernible loving, altruistic or even minimally human qualities.

Mouseboks Family Menfolk smoke poisonous and illegal roll-ups, dress as they would have been afraid to when they were twenty years younger, cannot be trusted with any young person, or any older person, or any pet of any sex, will borrow and steal money, drink, medicines, pets, spouses and any likely-looking ornaments nad will urinate indiscriminately both indoors and out, blaming any resultant distress on whatever small children.pets or passing strangers are available. See Anticipation, Lust, Murder, Sex, Money, What you Deserve.

I defy anyone not to want to read the rest of the story after that! I will be doing so this weekend, thanks EB for the tag!

I tag Women Rule Writer, ASalted, Crawl Space, Writing-at-the-Window
and Runaway Granny.


ireneintheworld; said...

bloody hell. i'm going to have to get that book tania. sounds like my kindof reading. x

i'm doing my tag now.

ireneintheworld; said...

i'm tagging you back. you have to tell us 6 random facts about yourself then tag some others.

irene x though only if you want to.

Nik's Blog said...

LOVE that extract!