Tuesday, September 22, 2015

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Heart Goes Last; Margaret Atwood


Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where I share the first paragraph sometimes two from a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon. I started the audio yesterday (read by Cassandra Campbell and Mark Deakins))

The Heart Goes Last; Margaret Atwood
Nan Talese - 2015

I - Where?

Cramped

"Sleeping in the car is cramped.  Being a third-hand Honda, it's no palace to begin with.  If it was a van they'd have more room, but fat chance of affording one of those, even back when they thought they had money.  Stan says they're lucky to have any kind of car at all, which is true, but their luckiness doesn't make the car any bigger.

Charmaine feels that Stan ought to sleep in the back because he needs more space -- it would only be in the front in order to drive them away fast in an emergency.  He doesn't trust Charmaine's ability to function under those circumstances: he says she's been too busy screaming to drive.  So Charmaine can have the more spacious back, though even so she has to curl up like a snail because she can't exactly stretch out."


What do you think -- keep reading or pass? 



(Feel free to join in this week by posting your intro below?

37 comments:

  1. Oh, I would keep reading, since it's Margaret Atwood...and the opening lines piqued my curiosity.

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  2. I like the start and, since its Margaret Atwood, I'd keep going.

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  3. I've got a library hold on this one...waiting for it to come my way. Enjoy!

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  4. I love the opening lines - I already want to know more about Charmaine and how she and Stan have ended up in the car...

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  5. I've read Atwood in the past, but I don't read her any more. Mostly, it's her snobbish attitude about those who self-publish that's turned me off.

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  6. I'm not even going to pretend that I'm not beyond jealous of you for getting to read this one! I mean, uuugghh Margaret Atwood! I need to get my hands on it soon :) thanks for hosting!
    Juli @ Univese in Words

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  7. I'd keep reading because it's Atwood, although the beginning hasn't totally grabbed me.

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  8. This is embarrassing, but I've never read Atwood. I plan to try The Handmaid's Tale sometime soon (but, soon is a relative term!). I'd keep reading since I'm curious about Atwood.

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    1. Really? That's surprising Sarah as you seem very well-read!

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  9. I'd keep reading, although the blurb doesn't really appeal. I'd need to see more before deciding.

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  10. I've never read Atwood, but I'd give this one a try.

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  11. It's Margaret Atwood so a definite yes from me. Love her writing!

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    1. I like her writing as well, but there are several of her books I still need to read.

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  12. The opening doesn't grab me but, since it's Atwood, I'd keep reading.

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    1. This one hooked me early on, and C. Campbell's narration, as always is excellent.

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  13. I've never been able to get into Atwood, but I might keep going a bit further to see what happens.

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    1. So far it's nor to futuristic, but is bound to head in that direction it seems:)

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  14. The cover of the book and this opening leaves me with lots of questions, so I'd keep reading! Somehow I've never gotten around to reading one of Margaret Atwood's books. This one looks promising.

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    1. I still need to read a lot of her earlier books, but the ones I've read I did enjoy.

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  15. I would read some more to find out what's up with them!

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    1. For starters -- Homeless after they lost their jobs and home:(

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  16. I'm not sure if I'd continue reading or not - maybe I'd read a little more before I decided

    Chippy

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  17. This one sounds good! I've read some of her books in the past.

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  18. I love Cassandra Campbell! I hope it's good.

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    1. Debbie, C. Campbell is one of my favorite narrators as well.

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  19. I love that we chose the same book, Diane; I knew I liked you - HA! :) I was definitely hooked early on; this story is wild!

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