I was tagged for this meme by An American in London. It’s about books and anyone who’s visited us knows that our flat is absolutely overflowing with books.

  1. Pick up the nearest book.
  2. Open to page 123
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the next three sentences.
  5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

Well, it looks like the closest book to me is one I just finished last night – Hand-Grenade Practice in Peking: My part in the Cultural Revolution, by Frances Wood. All my cookbooks are either on a bookshelf or in stacks…further away!

The three sentences out of it are:

I had to be content with a bright blue clock that had a spray of plum blossom across the face, depicted in silhouette like a paper-cut.
Owing to our late arrival in the history class which started at the beginning and meant to get through to the end, we missed Peking Man and the dawn of history and plunged straight into the Three Kingdoms (AD 220-80) whose history of competing generals forms a great part of Chinese folklore. At the fall of the Han dynasty, China was effectively divided into three, with Cao Cao (son of the adopted son of a eunuch) ruling the north, Liu Bei ruling Sichuan in the west and Sun Quan the south.

And now to tag five more people:
The Food Pornographer
Niamh at Eat Like a Girl
Kat at Our Adventures in Japan
Umami
Wynne at Everything is Connected