Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where I share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon.
The Lemon Table; Stories; Julian Barnes
Vintage - 2005
A Short History of Hairdressing
"The first time, after they moved, his mother had come with him. Presumably to examine the barber. As if the phrase short back and sides, with a little off the top, might mean something different in this new suburb. He'd doubted it. Everything else seemed the same: the torture chair, the surgerical smells, the strop and the folded razor--folded not in safety but in threat. Most of all, the torturer-in-chief was the same, a loony with big hands who pushed your head down till your windpipe nearly snapped, who prodded your ear with a bamboo finger. General inspection, madam? he said greasily when he'd finished. His mother had shaken off the effects of her magazine and stood up. Very nice, she said vaguely, leaning over him, smelling of stuff. I'll send him by himself next time. Outside, she had rubbed his cheek, looked at him with idle eyes, and murmered, you poor shorn lamb."
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