Friday, December 16, 2011
"I scarcely know where to begin, though I sometimes facetiously place the cause of it all to Charley Furuseth’s credit."
What this line says to me is that I'm in for a doozy of a tale, something that I may not even be able to believe or at the very least, something that the narrator can scarcely believe. It also tells me that it all probably starts with a man named Charley... and despite the fact that he is referred to in the book, I don't remember who he is. (My assumption is that he's the reason the main character is on a steamer at the start of the book, or perhaps he's the captain of that steamer).
I think this is an effective opening - simplistic and fairly indicative of old school adventure novels. What do you think?