Tuesday, July 2, 2013

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros July 2

Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph or maybe two of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph (or2) of the current book you are reading.

I hope to start this book today. I tried last night, but there were too many distractions. Do you recognize the first chapter?  I have never read this book, so am anxious to give it a try.

To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth. The plows crossed and recrossed the rivulet marks. the last rains lifted the corn quickly and scattered weed colonies and grass along the sides of the road so that the gray country and the dark red country began to disappear under a green cover. In the last part of May the sky grew pale and the clouds that had hung in high puffs for so long in the spring were dissipated. The sun flared down on the growing corn day after day until a line of brown spread along the edge of each green bayonet. The clouds appeared, and went away, and in a while they did not try any more.The weeds grew darker green to protect themselves, and they did not spread any more. The surface of the earth crusted, a thin hard crust, and as the sky became pale, so the earth became pale, pink in the red country and white in the gray country. 

 This picture is of the actual book from our public library. It is battered and well worn. I hope that means that it has been checked out lots and has been read by many. There is a notation in the book that it was added to our library 8/2002. But I have no idea if it was new or maybe donated by someone. You may remember from a previous post that it was missing from the shelves when I looked for it a few weeks back. They found it and sent me an email that I could pick it up. I am looking forward to reading the whole thing. It's a big book, 619 pages not including a 38 page introduction.

Have you read The Grapes of Wrath?  When in your life did you read it, high school, college? I'd be interested to know.

Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy


  1. I liked The Grapes of Wrath in high school and have been meaning to reread it for years. Steinbeck is an amazing author and East of Eden is one of my all-time favorite books.

  2. This is a great coincidence. My book club is reading (actually re-reading) Grapes of Wrath this month. I told myself to pick it up and get going. Thanks to you, I just did. Steinbeck's writing is so rich that I knew right away who the author was. I'm glad you waited to the end of the paragraph to reveal the book. It made for a nice guessing game.

  3. A classic! I enjoyed the old black and white movie too.

  4. I have not read The Grapes of Wrath. It sounds so good. I was really curious about the title/author! Great way to present this post. Thanks.

  5. I read it in high school but have forgotten so much. Bet it would never get published today without jumping into the action in the first paragraph. That was a whole different type of writing then. Enjoy it as the story unfurls. Here's Mine

  6. Yes, I would keep reading as I know it's wonderfully written:) Thanks for joining us Judy.

  7. I have never read The Grapes of Wrath. Someday I would like to.