Welcome to First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews. Each week readers post the first paragraph (or 2) of a book we are reading or plan to read soon.
The Lioness; Chris Bohjalian
Doubleday and Random House Audio - May 10, 2022
Oh, I can't speak for the dead. And I won't speak for the missing. I can only tell you what I think happened. Others--the dead and the missing--would probably have their own versions. Blame, I can tell you firsthand, is every bit as subjective as truth.
Of course, I am also confident that the missing will never be found: the Serengeti is vast and it's been years. Years. But Africa is changing. One never knows. Someday it's possible that some of their bones--a femur that is recognizably human or a skull that was clearly a woman's or a man's --will be spotted beside a dirt road where a jackal or hyena or magnificent lappet-faced vulture decades ago finished off what a leopard or lion didn't. Just think for a moment of the age of the fossils and remnants of ancient man that have been found a little south of where we were in the Olduvai Gorge. Mary Leakey began piecing together the Nutcracker Man only five years before we were there when she saw what looked like two teeth in a jaw. Nutcracker Man lived two million years ago. We were there and (most of us, anyway) died there in 1964.
Chris Bohjalian is a favorite author and, from this intro, I can't wait to begin. What do you think--read more or pass?