Tuesday, August 2, 2016

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Dear Mr. M; Herman Koch



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 loved the first two books by this author and can't wait to try this one as well. 

Dear Mr. M; Herman Koch
Hogarth - 2016


Teacher Mortality

1

"Dear. Mr. M,

I'd like to start by telling you that I'm doing better now.  I do so because you probably have no idea that I was ever doing worse.  Much worse, in fact, but I'll get to that later on.

In your books you often describe faces, but I'd like to challenge you to describe mine.  Down here, beside the front door we share, or in the elevator, you nod to me politely, but on the street and at the supermarket, and even just a few days ago, when you and your wife were having dinner at La B., you showed no sign of recognition."

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





33 comments:

  1. I'd definitely keep reading. This author has a unique voice and I have enjoyed his novels in the past.

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    1. Hope to start in this week after I catch yup on some reviews.

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  2. That's a great start. I feel compelled to keep going. I want to find out what's going on.

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    1. I'll be curious as well and hope to start it in a few days.

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  3. Yes I do want to read this book - I was impressed by both The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool and this opening is intriguing to say the least.

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  4. I haven't yet read The Dinner, but it's one of many on my wish list. This sounds wonderful from the opening you shared! I hadn't heard of it before.

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  5. I haven't read any books by this author, but I like the opening to this one. I'm wondering why the character is writing a note or letter to someone who won't even acknowledge him!

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    1. I'm curious as well Sandra. If you like a author who can shock you, try his earlier books.

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  6. I'd like to read more. I'm wondering if there is an implied threat in this letter.

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  7. I like the beginning of this book. I would keep reading.

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    1. Glad it appealed to you Tea. I liked your intro as well but, was unable to comment easily.

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  8. Intriguing ... why does Mr. M not want to recognize the man out in public? I'd keep reading.

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  9. Interesting, but I'm not sure it would be for me. I'd need to read more.

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    1. His previous books were very good and had the "shock factor".

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  10. This is a book a lot of people are talking about and waiting for. I think you should keep reading.

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  11. I haven't read anything by this author, but that opening is enough to make me want to know what's going on.

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    1. Mia - he is a good author, for your future TBR list.

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  12. Oh, yes! I enjoyed both The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool... can't wait to read this one, too.

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  13. I am curious! Especially the "Down here, by the front door we share" part. I'd keep reading!

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    1. I know, I wish I could drop everything and dive in but, not yet.

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  14. I didn't know he had another book out. Keep reading.

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  15. This one is definitely on my list and on Ken's, too. We don't always enjoy the same books, but we agree on Hermann Koch. Looking forward!
    P.S. I'm so glad you're feeling better!!
    Judith

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  16. I hear the voice of this author already in this opening paragraph.

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