It’s not the best of times to be tagged. The dining table looks like it might collapse under the weight of all the paper. Among other things, this month brings exams, and it also means that fiction has to wait. But rads has tagged, and so I shall comply. But to present a more complete picture I’ll do two rounds of the tag. Both the books were pretty much equidistant from where I am sitting. The rules of the tag are as follows:
Pick up the nearest book.
Open to page 123.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the next three sentences.
Tag five people, and acknowledge the person who tagged you.
First book: Out by Natsuo Kirino. (I bought this book because Amazon was literally giving away this book for 1 pound). It got here just yesterday, and I haven’t had the time to read it. The lines:
Masako had spread a second plastic tarp on the lid covering the bath tub, and on it she had piled forty-three bags. The lid had warped under the weight – which was approximately that of a grown man.
‘Even without the blood, it’s still prety heavy,’ she said, half to herself.
The second book: Local and Regional Development
This is one of the Holy Books for students of local economic development, and even if the following lines sound very boring, the book is a good read. (Or so I tell myself constantly.)
Since the Second World War governments have intervened in their economies to ensure local and regional development, often reflecting a commitment to limit the growth of inter-regional disparities and promote the development of rural areas. Although having some success in shaping patterns of local and regional development, as we noted in Chapter 1, centralised or top-down forms of intervention, pursued by national planning and development authorities, were criticised for their heavy concentration on the provision of physical infrastructure and, as we shall consider in Chapter 6, an overemphasis on the attraction of mobile investment. Such an approach often failed to close the development gaps between prosperous and lagging regions.
Go forth and quote!