Last week Shelf Awareness asked UK mystery/crime writer Mo Hayder what is her favorite line from a book:
The opening line of Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess. "It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me." Woah. Now there's a sentence that does the work of an army in terms of plot and characterization and pacing.Catamite? Is that a big cat? Oh, no.
catamite: a boy kept for homosexual practices. ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from Latin catamitus, via Etruscan from Greek Ganumēdēs (Ganymede).
Learn something new every day, I guess!
Wondrous Word Wednesday is hosted by Kathy of Bermudaonion.