October 7th, 2008

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Page 56 Meme

* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the next seven sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

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"Now the nets lay empty in wet heaps on the stern while, with nobody there to see it, the Los Desechados came in on a sea almost the same grey color as the sky.

"Nobody had to carry the news through the village. The men, minus Jimmy, straggled off the boat, and Leon Sanchez went home, taking the mate from the Twicetown with him, and Beer Wilson went home, and the others, too, and Harvard Sanchez, after struggling dramatically with the nets and then giving up his attempt to lay them out on the beach without anybody's help, went home. The sudden appearance of the crew at the doors of their houses frightened their wives, and the lamps were lit and voices raised, and the nieghbors were alarmed and asked what was the trouble; in this way, from house to house through the shanty village, traveled the report of Jimmy Hidalgo's death.

"As the Captain's wife, it was Towanda Sanchez's job to tell the widow. Like bits of paper, Belinda Hidalgo's cries rode the wash of sea over the tops of coconut and date palms after Towanda had entered her house; and in a minute her two younger children were screaming. The oldest son, the one who should have been taking care of his mother, wasn't home."

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(from: "Fiskadoro" by Denis Johnson, Alfred A. Knopf Publishing, 1985)

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