Because you can't have depths without surfaces.
Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

The meme thing

I've been tagged by Charles Lambert to do this:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

So:

'No-one could resist the valiant girl who, having staked all she had on one throw, watched her dream disappear. She was among the young women visitors to Royallieu who spent their time devising new pranks to amuse Etienne Blalsan. For instance there was the memorable May night when Capel and his friends decided to make an entrance at Etienne's in disguise.'

That's from Chanel, by Edmonde Charles-Roux

I now tag Indigo Alison, Thumbelina Fashonista, 16 Going on 60, Bookslut, An American in London

3 comments:

Greying pixie said...

The Edomonde Charles-Roux book is one on the pile I keep permanently on my bedside table - it's wonderful to dip into last thing at night. And I love the photos of the young Chanel before she embarked on design, when she was living the life of a courtesan. She was so simple and fresh and really years ahead of her time.

A great choice for your nearest book.

galant said...

(from Margaret Powling aka Galant)

I couldn't resist doing this because only yesterday I was reading another book on Chanel, mine by Janet Wallach. There isn't any prose on page 123, but instead a photo of Coco, but opposite on page 122, I give you the following:

"Chanel latched onto the fantasy of the Oriental flower, turning it into her icon. Translating the flower into enameled jewellry or fabric, she pinned it flirtatiously in the hair, perched it provacatively on a veil, rested it insouciantly at the waist or innocently at the neck. As recognisable as her ropes of pearls and lacquered cuffs, it became another signature look for Chanel."

Well, that would certainly make be want to read more!

enc said...

This is a great meme; now I want to read the book!