Tuesday, March 6, 2012

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros

Every Tuesday, I'll be posting the opening paragraph (sometimes maybe a few) of a book I decided to read based on the opening paragraph (s). Feel free to grab the banner and play along.  This week's selection is from a book by an author I've enjoyed in the past, (Caribou Island) by David Vann.

Harper Collins - June 2012
(Intro paragraphs are from an ARC)

"Galen waited under the fig tree for his mother. He read Siddhartha for the hundredth time, the young Budda gazing into the river.  He felt the enormous presence of the fig tree above him, listened for the no wind, for the stillness.  Summer heat pressing down, flattening the earth.  Sweat in a film covering most his body, a slick.

The old house, the trees ancient.  The grass, grown long, making his legs itch.  But he tried to concentrate.  Hear the no wind.  Focus on breath.  Let the no self go by.

Galen, his mother called from inside, Galen.

He breathed more deeply, tried to let his mother go by.

Oh, there you are, she said. Ready for tea?

He didn't answer. Focused on his breath, hoped she would go away.  But of course he was waiting for her,  waiting for tea." 

 What do you think?   

Although those intro paragraphs alone did not hook me, let me tell you if you keep reading on, you'll be hooked before 20 pages -- really enjoying this one.


  1. Caribou Island is on my tbr list. So glad to hear he's published another. I like this opening, it's very relaxing and I would definitely read on.
    I've posted my first FCFP Tuesday post:


  2. It does not do anything for me but as you say you should give the book a chance.

  3. Diane, I like the character, that kind of concentration in a boy is unusual. Sounds like a keeper. Here's Mine

  4. Yes, I'm wanting this one...I've been noticing it around, I've read the blurb, and it's on my wish list.

    You're right...the first paragraphs don't necessarily hook me, but I know I'm going to love it!

    I haven't read Caribou Island...but I think Dirt will come first for me.

    Thanks for sharing...and reminding me of this one.


  5. I'd be interested because of his reading choice. Adds a touch of mystery.

  6. That intro is very descriptive, I'd have to read more.

    Mine is here.

  7. I had a hard time with Vann's other book, so I am not sure that I would read this one, but the synopsis I read yesterday intrigued me, so I am undecided.

  8. I actually have this on my list to read. As soon as I empty my shelves I'll be able to buy it.

  9. This opening caught my attention and made me curious about Galen, his reading of Siddartha numerous times, waiting for his mother and then hoping she'd go away, the heat and the quiet, the stillness...it makes me curious about the rest of the story. I already want to read Vann's first book and I'll be adding this one to my list.

    Great choice, Diane!
    I posted mine:
    <a href="http://homeofaimala.blogspot.com/2012/03/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday.html>Amy's FCFPTI</a>

  10. I think that you would have to pay close attention to what this book is telling your. This week, I have decided to go with a YA sequel: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver


  11. Certainly an intriguing writing style. And the reading choice of Siddhartha is kind of interesting. Especially that he's read it for the 100th time.
    Not hooked yet but I could be! I love this opening paragraph idea.

  12. Interesting and very intriguing. Does it not have quotation marks? I read a book recently that didn't use them. Have to look this up.

  13. Sometimes the opening does not do justice to the book. I'd read this one!

  14. This intro doesn't do it for me either, but I would keep reading based on your comment that it improves.

  15. I haven't heard of this book before but while the intro isn't all that exciting I still find it intriguing. I'd keep reading.

  16. I don't think I would read more on this one!

  17. I think I'd read the whole first chapter in this one. Can't get a feel for where the story is going yet.

  18. I love it!!! I would keep on with this one...

  19. I was hooked at the cover pic...loved the first paragraph,too!


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