Tuesday, October 4, 2011
First Chapter First Paragraph (s) Tuesday Intros
This week's selection is yet another book by Richard Yates, Cold Spring Harbor.
"All the sorrows of Evan Shepard's loutish adolescence were redeemed at seventeen, in 1935, when he fell in love with automobiles. His persistent bullying of weaker boys, his thin-witted ways of offending girls, his inept and embarrassing ventures into petty crime--none of those things mattered anymore, except as bad memories. He had found a high romance in driving fast and far, over most of Long Island, and he soon attained intimacy with the mechanical parts of any car he could get his hands on. The whole days at a time meticulously taking a car apart or putting it together in the dust of his parent's driveway, Evan would be lost to the world."
"And it was always a pleasure for his father, Charles Shepard, just to stand at a window and watch him working alone out there in the sun. Nobody could have guessed a year ago that this particular boy would ever learn to organize and focus his mind on a useful job of work; and wasn't that the beginning of maturity? Wasn't it what helped a man develop will and purpose in his life?"
Would you read this one based on the first (2) paragraphs?