Tuesday, April 3, 2012
First Chapter, first paragraph, Tuesday intros
Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph of my current read.Although it is dawn, inside Bhima's heart it is dusk.
Rolling onto her left side on the thin, cotton mattress on the floor, she sits up abruptly, as she does every morning. She lifts one bony hand over her head in a yawn and a stretch, and a strong mildewy smell wafts from her armpit and assails her nostrils. For an idle moment she sits at the edge of the mattress with her callused feet flat on the mud floor, her knees bent and her head resting on her folded arms. In that time she is almost at rest, her mind thankfully blank and empty of the trials that await her today and the next day and the next... to prolong this state of mindless grace, she reaches absently for the tin of chewing tobacco that she keeps by her bedside. She pushes a wad into her mouth, so that it protrudes out of her fleshless face like a cricket ball.
What do you think? Would you read on?
I have to, we are reading it for Book club this month, BUT I also want to read it. It sounds intriguing.
What book is it you ask, dear reader?
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar.
I'm looking forward to reading it.
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