My Friday Post: Book Beginnings & The Friday 56

Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading. You can also share from a book you want to highlight just because it caught your fancy.

This week my book is Every Man for Himself by Beryl Bainbridge, a novel about the four days of Titanic’s doomed maiden voyage in 1912.

15th April 1912

He said, ‘Save yourself if you can,’ and I said firmly enough, though I was trembling and clutching at straws, ‘I intend to. Will you stand at my side?’ To which he replied, ‘Remember, Morgan, not the height, only the drop, is terrible.’ Then he walked away, gait unsteady, the cord of his robe trailing the deck.

Also every Friday there is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your  ereader . If you have to improvise, that is okay. *Find a snippet, short and sweet, but no spoilers!

Page 56 – 57:

Since I was nineteen my uncle had been trying to fix me up with employment. How often had I heard him thunder that it was the duty of the wealthy to work? A poor man without a job, he held, was less despicable than a rich man who became idle.

Morgan is the nephew of J.P. Morgan the American financier.

From Amazon:

For the four fraught, mysterious days of her doomed maiden voyage in 1912, the Titanic sails towards New York, glittering with luxury, freighted with millionaires and hopefuls. In her labyrinthine passageways the last, secret hours of a small group of passengers are played out, their fate sealed in prose of startling, sublime beauty, as Beryl Bainbridge’s haunting masterpiece moves inexorably to its known and terrible end.

8 thoughts on “My Friday Post: Book Beginnings & The Friday 56

  1. Oooh this sounds very intriguing! And I do completely agree with the F56. I hadn’t heard of this one yet but will definitely look into it. I hope you enjoy this one and have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Juli @ A Universe in Words


  2. I really like the way Bainbridge builds suspense, Margaret. And the Titanic‘s voyage just lends itself to a story like this. I really hope you’ll enjoy it.


  3. I love Titanic stories and I try to read one once a year in April. I didn’t get to it this year, but next year I’ll try again. This one goes on my list for sure!

    Have a good weekend and enjoy your book!

    Elza Reads


  4. I really like Beryl Bainbridge but I was in two minds whether to read this one or not because of the subject, but I ended up really enjoying it.


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