Book Beginnings is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader in which one shares the opening of a book while The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice where one shares a couple of sentences from page 56 of any book.
Today both my entries are from The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell.
Here's the opening:
I, Birgitta Roslin, do solemnly declare that I shall endeavour to the best of my knowledge and in accordance with my conscience to pass judgement without fear or favour, be the accused rich or poor, and according to the law and statues ofSweden; never to pervert the law nor to promote wrongdoing on grounds of family connections, friendship, jealousy, malevolence, or fear, nor in response to bribes or gifts or for any other reason of no matter what nature; never to impute guilt where there is innocence, nor innocence where there is guilt.
And on page 56:
My family, Birgitta thought. Big worries but a lot of pleasure. Without it, most of my life would hve been wasted.