Tuesday, July 12, 2016

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - A Good American; Alex George


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.   (This one was chosen by my book group for July, and although I don't read a lot of historical fiction, I fell in love with the writing just from the intro).  

A Good American; Alex George
G.P Putnam - 2012
(INTRO)


"Always, there was music.

It was music--Puccini, to be precise--that first drew my grandparents into each other's orbit, more than a hundred years ago.  It was an unusually warm afternoon in early spring, in the grandest municipal garden in Hanover, the Grosse Garten.  Mygrandmother, Henriette Furst, was taking her usual Sunday stroll among the regimented flower beds and manicured lawns so beloved of city-dwelling Prussians.  At twenty-five, she was a fine example of Teutonic rude health; Jette, as she was known by everyone, was six feet tall, and robustly built.  She walked through the park with none of the feminine grace that was expected from ladies of her class.  Rather than making her way by trippingly petite steps on the arm of an admirer, Jette clomped briskly along the graveled paths alone, too busy enjoying the day to worry about the unladylike spectacle she presented to others.  Rather than squeezing her considerable frame into the bustles and corsets that constrained the grim-faced ladies she so effortlessly outflanked, Jette preferred voluminous dresses that draped her outsized form like colorful tents.  She swept along in a dramatic, free-flowing swirl, leaving all those rigidly contoured women hobbling in her wake."


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




34 comments:

  1. I like that character already! A dramatic, free-flowing woman. Sounds great!

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  2. Oh, I am so glad you are reading this book Diane. I read it a couple of years ago and, through the book, felt a great connection with my grandparents. The fictional experiences and the time period just reminded me of them. I do hope its enjoyable for you too.

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    1. Margot, happy this one resonated with you. I have high hopes.

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  3. That is one visual opener, I can picture Jette marching along in her splendid dress. Yes, I would like to know more about this book and will be checking it out for sure.

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  4. I like the sound of Jette and the description of Prussia. I already see a tragic love story (though I haven't read what the book is about yet so will probably be completely wrong) so, yes, I would carry on reading. Emma

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  5. Music is always good at bringing people together! And I like Jette, she sounds like a very interesting woman! I hope you enjoy this in and thanks for hosting :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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  6. One of my all-time favorite books! Hope you love it too.

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    1. Oh wow, I am so happy to hear this. I haven't started it yet but, will this week.

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  7. I've had this on my list for years... thanks for reminding me!

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    1. I am very happy that my book group picked it as I would not have chosen it on my own probably.

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  8. I think I like Jette. I'd keep reading because I think she's going to rock a few boats and ruffle a few feathers while being so nonchalant about it.

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  9. What a beautifully written opening! And such an intriguing character

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  10. Sounds like she's going to change the world. My link says Tour de France, but doesn't really mean it! It's a memoir Finding Fontainebleau

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  11. I'm already feeling captivated by this character! It sounds like she will perhaps be making some waves. Love the writing, as well!

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  12. This is one I would keep reading!

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  13. I love your teaser, Diane. Jette sounds like someone I want to get to know. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. That first line got me. "Always, there was music."
    I looked it up and since it is about German immigrants to America, which was my grandparents all around, it looks even better to me.

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    1. Sounds like this one would be perfect for you Judy.

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  15. Oh this does sound wonderful. Plus I've been to the Royal Gardens in Hannover, Germany so I feel like I must read this :)

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    1. Oh wow, sounds like one that you should try as well.

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  16. That intro really painted an interesting picture!

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