Tuesday, May 8, 2012

~ First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea every Tuesday. To participate share the opening paragraph or two of a book you've decided to read based on the opening. This is an author whose books I‘ve wanted to read for a long time. This is her first novel with many of the themes that often appear in her writing including retribution, religion, redemption and blindness.

Don't forget to drop by Bibliophile By the Sea and read Diane's selection this week and be sure to visit and read the contributions of other participants in this terrific meme who can be found in the comments!

Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
Hazel Motes sat at a forward angle on the green plush train seat, looking one minute at the window as if he might want to jump out of it, and the next down the aisle at the other end of the car. The train was racing through tree tops that fell away at intervals and showed the sun standing, very red, on the edge of the farthest woods. Nearer, the plowed fields curved and faded and the few hogs nosing in the furrows looked like large spotted stones. Mrs. Wally Bee Hitchcock, who was facing Motes in this section, said that she thought the early evening like this was the prettiest time of day and she asked him if he didn’t think so, too. She was a fat woman with pink collars and cuffs and pear-shaped legs that slanted off the train seat and didn’t reach the floor.

He looked at her a second and, without answering, leaned forward and stared down the length of the car again. She turned to see what was back there but all she saw was a child peering around one of the sections and, farther up at the end of the car, the porter opening the closet where the sheets were kept. “I guess you’re going home,” she said, turning back to him again. He didn’t look, to her, much over twenty, but he had a stiff black broad-brimmed hat on his lap, a hat that an elderly country preacher would wear. His suit was a glaring blue and the price tag was still stapled on the sleeve of it.

What are your thoughts about these paragraphs? Would you continue reading this book based on these paragraphs?

10 comments:

  1. Oh, I love the visuals in this opener. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog!

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  2. Yes, yes, yes! I just discovered Flannery O'Connor's stories this year and have this on my wish list, too. What a great intro.

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  3. This was definitely a different time for writing. I can imagine an editor now saying we need to get to the action! Here's Mine

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  4. Seems a little slow. I think I would keep reading to find out if the style would work for me.

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  5. Flannery O'Connor!! Love her -- so glad you're reading her -- I hope you enjoy!!

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  6. Can't go wrong with Flannery O -- love it!

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  7. That little detail about the price tag says so much!

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  8. I like it and would keep on reading.

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  9. It doesn't really grab me so I'm not sure. I'd probably keep reading though and give it a chance.

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  10. I would keep reading. I love the way the author writes, I can easily picture what I'm reading in my mind.

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