Friday, March 17, 2017

Book Beginnings Friday: The Zoo by Isobel Charman

Book Beginnings Fridays is hosted by Rose City ReaderJoin us every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

This week I started reading Isobel Charman's upcoming release The Zoo, which tells the story of the creation of London's first zoo. I am fascinated by the premise of this story, and I can't wait to see how it turns out.

The Zoo: The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo: 1826-1851

Publication Date: April 4th, 2017

"They could not save the animals, Tom's collection, so lovingly assembled - the pet monkeys, the bears, the tapir, the tiger. 'My Noah's ark,' he'd called it - all now aflame on one great, terrible funeral pyre. Sophia knows she will never forget the hellish crescendo of the beasts' barks and cries, loud even above the cracking of the burning wood and the thunder of the hungry flames; the frantic, futile flapping of countless feathered wigs against iron bars. No! She will not forget it, ot for as long as she lives. However long that might be."

What do you think? Would you keep reading? (And feel free to join in and make your own post!)

*Excerpt taken from the novel itself; I do not claim to own any part of the excerpt.


  1. That sounds like a fascinating read; thanks for sharing.

  2. I would keep reading! That's a good start to an interesting story :D