Book beginnings on Friday


Today my book beginning is from a book by Colleen McCullough published in 1990, “The first man in Rome”. The story starts in 110B.C.

Having no personal commitment to either of the new consuls, Gaius Julius Caesar and his sons simply tacked themselves onto the procession of the senior consul, Marcus Minucius Rufus.

The story starts with the Caesarian family, even though none of the two main characters is a Julian. Maybe this is because everybody has heard of the Julians, even though this particular Gaius Julius, of course, is not the one everybody is immediately thinking of. Also, Gaius Marius, one of the two protagonists, is/will be Gaius Julius Caesar’s son in law (not sure whether he and Julia are married already at this point).

Anyway, the beginning of a new consular year is always a good time to start a story. Only about 800 pages to go…

What is YOUR book beginning today? To see more book beginnings go to Rose City Reader!

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