It’s time for the another First Lines Fridays post!
First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
The first lines of today’s chosen book are:
As the pirates in the West Indies have been so formidable and so numerous that they have interrupted the trade of Europe into those parts, and our English merchants, in particular, have suffered more by their depredations than by the united forces of France and Spain in the late war, we do not doubt but the world will be curious to know the original and progress of these desperadoes, who were the terror of the trading part of the world.
And the book is…
A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates by Captain Charles Johnson
Originally published in 1724, this famous account chronicles the lives and exploits of the most notorious pirates from Anne Bonny to Blackbeard.
I recently bought the gorgeous Folio Society edition (pictured above) of A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates. I have been wanting a copy for quite a long time, and now that I finally have one, I can not wait to read it!
Have you read this book?
If yes, what did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments!