Tuesday, March 29, 2016

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Clash of the Civilizations Over An Elevator in Piazza Vittorio; Amara Lakhous


Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where I share the first paragraph sometimes two, of a book that I'm reading or plan to read soon. I love these Europa Editions, this one is translated from the Italian.


Europa Editions - 2008

"A few days ago--it was barely eight o'clock in the morning--sitting in the metro, rubbing my eyes and fighting sleep because I'd woken up so early, I saw and Italian girl devouring a pizza as big as an umbrella.  I felt so sick to my stomach I almost threw up.  Thank goodness she got out at the next stop.  It was really a disgusting sight! The law should punish people who feel free to disturb the peace of good citizens going to work in the morning and home at night.  The damage caused by people eating pizza in the metro is a lot worse than the damage caused by cigarettes.  I hope that the proper authorities do not underestimate the sensitive issue and will proceed immediately to put up signs like Pizza Eating Prohibited, next to the ones that are so prominent at the metro entrances saying No Smoking! I would just like to know how Italians manage to consume such a ridiculous amount of dough morning and evening"


What do you think -- keep reading or pass? 
(Feel free to join in this week by posting your intro below?





33 comments:

  1. That title is a tongue twister! LOL. I am definitely curious about what happens next.

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  2. The cover, title and first paragraph tell me this is a fun-to-read book. I'd keep reading.

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  3. The opening is funny! I'd read more of this book.

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  4. I'm not so sure about this one although I think it would work if I was in the right kind of mood!

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  5. This sure sounds like a very funny book, which is kind of ironic, since it's also a mystery thriller. I like this opening, too; it sure made me smile! The narrator is not only funny but a little eccentric, as well. I also like the mix of characters. And that title! Makes me think of a Monty Python movie in Italy! Lol.

    Thanks for featuring this novel! I'm adding it to my Goodreads TBR shelves! :)

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    1. Oh Maria I am glad that this one appealed to you enough to add it to your list!

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  6. Ha!! I bet this is a good read. Yes, I'd keep going

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  7. So what does this person have against pizza? Although early mornings are more for coffee and not for pizza. LOL

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    1. LOL - I like pizza (a lot) but not at 8am - maybe 11:00 LOL

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  8. I like travel books, and it seems this is an interesting one. I'd read on.

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    1. I think it will be fun and it's rather short as well.

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  9. This sounds pretty fun. I'm not sure I'd want to be near someone devouring a pizza that early in the morning either!

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  10. The opening makes me want to keep reading to see where this book is going. Love the title and the cover!

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  11. I'd have to keep reading. I, however, am a 'pizza for breakfast" eater. Not now though, WW frowns on pizza for breakfast!

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  12. Whilst I agree pizza for breakfast is wrong and people eating on tubes and buses drives me potty I'm not sure about this one. It didn't make me want to keep reading I'm afraid.

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    1. I can see that this one will not appeal to everyone, but, I was looking for something fun and light.

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  13. Not for me either. I thought I would enjoy it based on the title, but I took an instant dislike to the narrator.

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  14. The intro didn't grab me but I would keep reading to see if it hooked me.

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  15. Oh that sounds interesting. I'm getting visions of a curmudgeon ala Ignatius Reilly from Confederacy of Dunces! I have read a few of the Europa Editions and I've been impressed so I would check this out. Let us know how you like it!

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  16. I'm not worried about how much they eat. I'm worried about how can they cook so much so fast. The introduction is boring. Anyway, I'm not in a hurry to read this one. It doesn't grab me.

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  17. Now this sounds good! I've discovered a few interesting, quirky books from Europa Editions.

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  18. Now I want pizza...but not this book. It doesn't do it for me. The narrator sounds like a whiner. I will be participating in FCFPTI starting next week!

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