Saturday, January 2, 2016

Book Beginnings on Fridays (late)

Gillion at the Rose City Reader blog (home of the European Reading Challenge, which I enjoyed in
2014) has a weekly event on Fridays where you post the first line of your current book and something
about it.  I figure I'll try to keep up, but notice--I'm already late.

Yesterday I started a book from my TBR pile!  It's Rumer Godden's novel, Cromartie v. the God Shiva Acting Through the Government of India.

"Cromartie versus the God Shiva.  No, thank you," said Sir George.  "Walter, I really don't think I can take this case."
 A priceless 11th century Shiva statue has gone missing and turned up in the hands of an antique dealer, who insists he got it fair and square.  Young Michael Dean, QC, is taking the case on behalf of the Indian government, and that's as far as I've gotten.  It looks to be a nice little novel though, and I'm looking forward to the rest.


Elizabeth said...

That sounds like a good book. Also funny with a statue missing. Is a Shiva Statue large?

Nice blog.

Nice to see you on The Book Beginnings list...welcome.

Happy New Year!!

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Jean said...

It is not particularly large--it's a nataraja, like so: They come in varying sizes but this one is not large.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the information, Jean.

Anonymous said...

Is this your first Rumer Godden book? I love her so much, so I hope you will love her too. If you don't love this be warned it is not my favorite of her books. I CAN RECOMMEND OTHERS.

Jean said...

Feel free to recommend. This is my first Godden title for *adults,* I think. I've read Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, and Holly and Ivy, possibly one or two others. I finished this one this afternoon and while I won't say that I am in love with it, I did like it and was taken aback by the ending.