Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph of my current read.
I’m reading The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. It’s this year’s Man Booker Award.
- a shiny inner wrist;
- steam rising from a wet sink as a hot frying pan is
laughingly tossed into it;
- gouts of sperm circling a plughole, before being
sluiced down the full length of a tall house;
- a river rushing nonsensically upstream, its wave and
wash lit by half a dozen chasing torchbeams;
- another river, broad and grey, the direction of its flow
disguised by a stiff wind exciting the surface;
- bathwater long gone cold behind a locked door.
This last isn’t something I actually saw but what you end up remembering isn’t always the same as what you have witnessed.
We live in time – it holds us and moulds us – but I’ve never felt I understood it very well. And I’m not referring to theories about how it bends and doubles back, or may exist elsewhere in parallel versions. No, I mean ordinary, everyday time, which clocks and watches assure us passes regularly: tick-tock, click-clock.
What do you think? Would you keep reading?