Friday, 23 August 2013

Book Beginnings on Fridays...


Hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader

Book Beginnings on Fridays as stated by the host was started:

 "to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires."

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Book Beginning : Perfect by Rachel Joyce




The Addition of Time

.......In 1972, Two seconds were added to time. Britain ‘agreed’ to join the Common market, and 'Beg, Steal or Borrow' by the New Seekers was the entry for Eurovision. The seconds were added because it was a leap year and time was out of joint with the movement of the earth. The New Seekers did not win the Eurovision Song Contest but that had nothing to do with the Earth’s movement and nothing to do with the two seconds either......




A bit of book blurb


In 1972, two seconds were added to time. It was in order to balance clock time with the movement of the earth. Byron Hemming knew this because James Lowe had told him and James was the cleverest boy at school. But how could time change? The steady movement of hands around a clock was as certain as their golden futures.
Then Byron's mother, late for the school run, makes a devastating mistake. Byron's perfect world is shattered. Were those two extra seconds to blame? Can what follows ever be set right?


 I remember 1972 very well - but don't recall the addition of two extra seconds to the clock - so obviously this had no effect on my teenage self. However,  the book shows that Byron is very bothered by this addition and the story proves why ........

What do you think?

14 comments:

  1. I wasn't alive in 1972, but I think I would be troubled by it too!

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    1. Hi Kate - I remember far more about The New Seekers than I do about the two seconds of time - shows that my priority at the time was on all things pop !

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  2. Gollee, what a good plot...I always wonder how some authors are able to come up with these plots. Wish my imagination were as good.

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    1. Hi Tea norman - I agree - I am constantly in awe of the imagination needed to write a good story :)

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  3. I've got this one to read too, and I'm looking forward to it, as I enjoyed Harold Fry a lot. I hope you enjoy this one Josie.

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    1. Hi Lindsay - Just finished this one last night and really enjoyed it - I think it's better than Harold :)

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  4. This book intrigues me. Will be putting it on my TBR list. Here's my Friday post:

    http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/08/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings_23.html

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    1. Hi cCtherine - thanks for visiting - I just finished Perfect and really enjoyed it -Happy Reading :)

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  5. I've read this one & loved it, hope you enjoy the book :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting Samantha - I just finished Perfect last night and really enjoyed it.

      Happy Reading !

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  6. I remember the 2 seconds being added. Nice way to begin a book.

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    1. HI JC - Two seconds doesn't seem like much - but it sure made a difference to this story.

      Happy Reading :)

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  7. That is news to me, too, but how fascinating! Thanks for sharing...and here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

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    1. Hi Laurel - thanks for visiting and taking the time to read my BB - Happy Reading :)

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Thanks for taking the time to comment - Jaffa and I appreciate your interest.