Tuesday, November 26, 2013

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~ The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga; Sylvain Tesson

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 choosing a non fiction book. It seems like the perfect book for me to read and unwind with after Thanksgiving festivities have come and gone.

 Sylvain Tesson ~Rizzoli ex Libris - 2013


"I'D PROMISED MYSELF that before I turned forty I would live as a hermit deep in the woods.

I went to spend six months in a Siberian cabin on the shores of Lake Baikal, on the tip of North Cedar Cape.  Seventy-five miles from the nearest village, no neighbors, no access roads, and every now and then, a visit.  Wintertime temperatures in the minus twenties Fahrenheit; the summer brought bears out into the open.  In short: paradise."

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What do you think? Would you keep reading? Feel free to join us by linking your First Chapter post below


24 comments:

  1. Sounds interesting!

    I recently watched a tv show, Siberia, and this book reminds me of it.

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  2. I would keep reading...I want to know what happens....

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  3. I'm not really into non-fiction that much but I appreciate the depiction of 'cold' as 'paradise'. Hope you enjoy reading this one.

    Here's my First Chapter, First Paragraph post :)

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  4. Fascinating! Recently I read The Year of Miracle and Grief by Leonid Borodin which is set around Lake Baikal, so The Consolations of the Forest sounds a good book for me to read.

    My book this week is non fiction too.

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  5. The thought that comes to mind is: One person's paradise is another person's hell. It's probably an interesting account of life in the wild. Hope you enjoy.

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  6. Sounds intriguing and well worth reading for the setting and the solitude enjoyed.

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  7. That does sound like a good book for the post-Thanksgiving bustle!

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  8. Not my idea of paradise, but I hope you enjoy it. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  9. I would keep reading! I live in the country with nature all around, but this memoir seems a more stark take on country living ... I have come to enjoy more and more the memoir genre ... have just begun Eve Ensler's memoir In the Body of the World. It promises to be a good read. Enjoy your turkey and your post feast read, Diane! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  10. I would read on. I may not think Siberian cold as paradise, but certainly the solitude idea is paradise. I often wonder how I would survive for 6 month alone. I'm going to add this one to my NF list.
    Have a great holiday.

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  11. OMG, you are reading this book! It has to be the best nonfiction I have read this year, stunning beauty, great reflections, loved it so so much. and I have it for a virtual book tour next week, with lots of chances to win an extra copy for a friend. see here: http://francebooktours.com/2013/10/03/sylvain-tesson-on-tour-the-consolations-of-the-forest/

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  12. It might be really good, but the intro didn't do it for me.

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  13. Paradise? Not for me, but it sounds interesting.

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  14. I'm supposed to read this next week and review it, so I'm anxious to see what you think. Here's Mine

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  15. I'd love to know what the author does all day. This book sounds really interesting. I think I would keep reading, I'm just not sure I can promise to get through the entire book! I'm very interested in your review! I hope you enjoy this book!

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  16. that sounds like a perfect after Thanksgiving read. Have a happy Thanksgiving. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

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  17. I rarely read non-fiction, but being a bit of a hermit myself, I think I'd love this.

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  18. I don't know, the 'wintertime' part is giving me the shivers! Alone on an island in the Caribbean, now I'm there! :)

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  19. I don't like the cold, but the isolation does sound peaceful. I seem to be working on a "being peaceful in the city" project, though. =]

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  20. very intriguing! yes, i'd keep reading.

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  21. Very intriguing- yes, I'd keep reading!

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  22. Funny, Dave and I were just talking about something like this after seeing a piece on TV about a PA man who lives in the woods with no modern conveniences except a truck. We decided it initially sounds great, but then we thought of everything we would have to give up and it lost all the romance. I like solitude, but enough is enough. :)

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  23. Away from home and could not participate this time around in this meme. Next week will be there.

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  24. I would keep reading. There awe many days I wish I was in a cabin far away somewhere. Lol.

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