Tuesday, October 1, 2013

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Goldfinch; Donna Tartt


Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where I share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon. Care to join us?
 
This week I'm featuring an intro from an October 22nd release that I just started and am enjoying a lot (700+ pages).

The Goldfinch; Donna Tartt
Little Brown and Co - Hachette

"When I was still in Amsterdam, I dreamed about my mother for the first time in years.  I'd been shut up in my hotel for more than a week, afraid to telephone anybody or go out; and my heart scrambled and floundered at even the most innocent noises:  elevator bell, rattle of the minibar cart, even church clocks tolling the hour, de Westertoren, Krijitberg, a dark edge to the clangor, an inwrought fairy-tale sense of doom.  By day I sat on the foot of the bed straining to puzzle out the Dutch-language news on television (which was hopeless, since I knew not a word of Dutch) and when I gave up, I sat by the window staring out at the canal with my camel's-hair overcoat thrown over my clothes--for I'd left New York in a hurry and the things I'd brought weren't warn enough, even indoors."
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What do you think? Would you keep reading?
(I'm at the 15% point on my Kindle . The writing is wonderful)

Feel free to join us by linking your First Chapter post below.

19 comments:

  1. Very, very interesting! Will definitely continue reading.

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  2. I do like the sound of this one, I'd keep reading. have a nice day.

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  3. Definitely need to read the back of this one but I think I would keep reading

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  4. Oh, I want this book!! Love Tartt so much, have read The Secret History about five times over since it was first released. You lucky duck! xo

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  5. I would keep reading. The intro takes me back to two years ago when I was "stranded" in Amsterdam for an extra 5 days at the end of my vacation. Because of Hurricane Irene, all flights to the east coast were cancelled, and luckily I was able to extend my stay at the hotel. Thanks to cable TV, I had lots of English language news. By the way, Amsterdam is a beautiful place to be stranded...and the people are very nice.

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  6. Oh, yes, I do want to know what has happened and what will happen next! Very intense....

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  7. I like the sounds of that one a lot!

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  8. That does pull me in. Why did she leave NY in a hurry? What happened to her mother? What else is going on in her life to stress her out.
    I read that Stephen King loved this book but scolded the author for taking like 10 years or something for this next book to come out :) Enjoy it.

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  9. I haven't heard anything about this book, but I would definitely read on. Why would she leave NY and go to Amsterdam, when she knew not a word of Dutch? The cover is great too. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I'd keep reading but not on the basis of that paragraph. Amazon calls this book a best of the month.

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  11. Oh, I love Donna Tartt! Didn't realize this book was quite so long, but I'd definitely keep reading.

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  12. Yes, I am definitely interested enough to know why, how and what happens next.

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  13. What a captivating way to begin a novel. I definite want to keep reading.

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  14. I already have this book on my list to read. It sounds great and this opening only verifies that. I'm glad you're enjoying it!

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  15. Ooo! The intro to The Goldfinch has me hooked already. I would definitely keep reading.

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  16. Yep - I'm very curious to know what's going on. I can't wait for your review!

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  17. Can't wait for this book! You're so lucky to have got an ARC! Very jealous ;-)

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  18. Yes, definitely. I think I'm going to like Donna Tartt--I've never read her, but I got a copy of The Secret History, which I've heard is good. The premise appealed to me, anyway.

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  19. I'm curious as to why she left New York in such a hurry, and why she went to Amsterdam.

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