Tuesday, March 14, 2017

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Swing Time; Zadie Smith


Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph, maybe two, of a book that I'm reading or plan to read soon. 

Swing Time; Zadie Smith
Penguin - 2017

Prologue

"It was the first day of my humiliation.  Put on a plane, sent back home, to England, set up with a temporary rental in St. John's Wood.  The flat was on the eighth floor, the windows looked over the cricket ground.  It had been chosen, I think, because of the doorman, who blocked all inquiries.  I stayed indoors. The phone on the kitchen wall rang and rang, but I was warned not to answer it and to keep my own phone switched off.  I watched the cricket being played, a game I don't understand, it offered no read distraction, but still it was better than looking at the interior of that apartment, a luxury condo, in which everything had been designed to be perfectly neutral, with all significant corners rounded, like an iPhone. When the cricket finished I stared at the sleek coffee machine embedded in the wall, and at two photos of the Buddha--one a brass Buddha, the other wood--and at a photo of an elephant kneeling next to a little Indian boy, who was also kneeling.  The rooms were tasteful and gray, linked by a pristine hallway of tan wood cord. I stared at the ridges in the cord.



Based on this intro, would you read more or pass on this book?

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33 comments:

  1. I would keep reading because I'm curious about the narrator and what's going on.

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    1. I actually started the audio version and am enjoying it so far.

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  2. Oh, yes, I definitely want to know what that "humiliation" is all about.

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  3. Oh, that poor girl - or guy? I feel for her/him and am super curious about what's going on. Yes, Diane, I'd keep going.

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    1. (Her) - yes, it's an intro that makes you want to read more.

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  4. Well I certainly want to know what's going on although I'm not surprised the cricket doesn't hold her attention. I haven't read any Zadie Smith books since White Teeth, many moons ago.

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  5. I'd read more, why is she is being humiliated?

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  6. I'd definitely keep reading! Thanks for sharing :)

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  7. Sounds interesting. I'd definitely keep reading...

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  8. Until I knew what the humiliation was I would have to keep reading. Like this intro and Zadie Smith's writing style.

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    1. I don't think this will be disappointing, has my interest.

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  10. Yes, I'd keep going just to find out 'why?'. What a dull existence - are there no books? LOL

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  11. I would go on to find out more, having just renovated a basement with neutral colors. :) BTW, Arti here. Always like these first paragraphs you select.

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  12. I'm curious to know what he's being punished for. I'd keep reading for sure.

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  13. This is on my list and I like the intro. Enjoy!

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  14. That was too much ramble for me.

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    1. I agree. I don't think I would read any more.

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  15. I'd read on. What did she do to be sent back to England and humiliated?

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  16. I love the sound of this one, and the quote looks nothing like I pictured it to be. I think I need to revisit this one and add it to my list.

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  17. I have not read anything by Zadie Smith and need to! Would love to check this one out.

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  18. I'm definitely curious about what she did that ended in her banishment and humiliation. Hope you enjoy it.

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  19. The first sentence grabbed me so I would keep reading.

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  20. I've never read anything by this author, but this passage certainly piqued my curiosity! Yes. I'd continue reading!

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  21. I have read this novel and loved it! My review: http://keepthewisdom.blogspot.com/2017/01/swing-time.html

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  22. Definitely intrigued! Oh, so many books to read this year--so I ask myself can I possibly sneak this one in?

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