Tuesday, April 3, 2018

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death; Maggie O'Farrell



Every Tuesday Vicki @ I'd Rather Be at the Beach now hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where readers share the first paragraph, maybe two, of a book that they are reading or plan to read soon. 


I've read wonderful things about this memoir, so I'm really looking forward to starting it.

 Maggie O'Farrell
Knopf - 2018

Neck
1990

"On the path ahead, stepping out from behind a boulder, a man appears.

We are, he and I, on the far side of the tarn that lies hidden in the bowl-curved summit of this mountain.  The sky os a milky blue above us; no vegetation grows this far up so it is just me and him, the stones and the still black water.  He straddles the narrow track with both booted feet and he smiles.

I realize several things. That I passed him earlier, father down the glen. We greeted each other, in the amiable yet brief manner of those on a country walk.  That, on this remote stretch of path, there is no one near enough to hear me call.  That he has been waiting for me: he has planned the whole thing, carefully, meticulously, and I have walked into his trap. 

 I see all this in an instant."

This intro hooked me, what do you think? Read more or pass?

30 comments:

  1. Hi! The intro hooked me too. I'd definitely read more. You should too! :)

    Here is mine: http://bit.ly/TTSurrender

    Happy Tuesday!!!

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  2. Yes, that was pretty interesting!

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  3. Um, yes...and this is a memoir? Scary, scary, scary!

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    1. I know scary memoir. I have to tell my hiking friend to skip first story LOL

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  4. Great beginning! I would have to keep reading. This week I am featuring Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston. Happy reading!

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  5. I don't read many memoirs, but this one is on my reading list. Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. I do like memoirs generally and this one seems to be getting good reviews.

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  6. Wow! I have this book, and it looks like I'll have to open it sooner rather than later. I always enjoy this author.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Glad yo hear that you plan to read this one as well Laurel; enjoy

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  7. "I see all this in an instant." Wow. Looks like you found a good one - at least the beginning says so.

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  8. With that intro I don't know how anyone could not keep reading.

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  9. For some reason, this paragraph has something sinister about it. I would continue reading on to find out whether it was, as I first thought.

    Here is my 'First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday'

    theavidbookreader.wordpress.com/2018/04/03/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday-9/

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    1. Creepy, was my first thought and then, "she's in trouble".

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  10. Thanks for sharing this opening. It pulls me in as well--what happens next?

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  11. I've been seeing this one around lately and thought it looks interesting. I do love that first paragraph - definitely caught my attention.

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  12. Maggie O'Farrell is an incredible writer. I will be reading this.

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  13. The intro is even more interesting given that it's a memoir.

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  14. Oh interesting beginning. I would definitely read more!

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