Tuesday, December 1, 2020

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Hamnet, Maggie O'Farrell

 


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 First Chapter/Intros, now hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates Book ReviewsEach week readers post the first paragraph (or 2) of a book they are reading or that they plan to read soon. 

Hamnet, Maggie O'Farrell
Knopf - 2020

"A BOY IS COMING DOWN A FLIGHT OF STAIRS.

The passage is narrow and twists back on itself. He takes each step slowly, sliding himself along the wall, his boots meeting each tread with a thud.

Near the bottom, he pauses for a moment, looking back the way he has come.  Then, suddenly resolute, he leaps the final three stairs, as is his habit. He stumbles as he lands, falling to his knees on the flagstone floor."

I have to admit this intro, the writing style, is off putting to me. However, I've read about 30 pages so far and I am actually liking it so far.

Have you tried this one? Any plans?

27 comments:

  1. I like the first paragraph and the synopsis, so although it's not a genre I usually read, I think I'd enjoy it.

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  2. I have been curious about this one, as I love Maggie O'Farrell's books. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR”

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  3. This is on my list! Hope you continue to like it, as I'm hoping I will get a copy soon.

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  4. That wasn't overly exciting but I'd read some to see what's up.

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  5. I find the writing style and cover intriguing--I'd definitely give this book a go. Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. It's very good Catherine - different from my normal reads.

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  6. I read this last week and discussed it with a reading group. Keep going. It is an amazing story!

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    1. I like the writing but initially wasn't sure I would. Still reading as I have 3 other books started.

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  7. I loved the book. It is actually one of my favorite reads of this year.

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    1. Dorothy, I'm enjoying it - 3 other books going right now. Not sure that it will make my tops list though.

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  8. I agree that the writing style is a little off putting. It makes me think of an old book which if the book is a period piece then that would be fine.

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  9. Hmm I'd kinda want to know more. Glad it's good so far!

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  10. It's not my usual kind of book, but it does sound like it has potential.

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  11. I would like to get to this novel .... which the NYT picked as one of the 5 best fiction of the year!

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    1. It is very well done although I'm finding some parts more compelling than others.

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  12. A bit strange the beginning but since I've heard so much about it, I will give it a go.

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    1. I haven't finished it yet as I have a few other books going but, I'm enjoying it.

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  13. I liked it very much. It's terribly sad, though.

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  14. So many positive reviews for this book! I plan to read it, eventually, and am glad you're beginning to enjoy it. Keep us posted!

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