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.
While I was still in Amsterdam, I dreamed about my mother for the first time in years. I'd been shut up in my hotel for more than a week, afraid to telephone anybody or go out; and my heart scrambled and floundered at even the most innocent noises: elevator bell, rattle of the mini-bar cart, even church clocks tolling the hour, de Westertoren, Krijtberg, a dark edge to the clangor, an inwrought fairy-tale sense of doom. By day I sat on the foot of the bed straining to puzzle out the Dutch-language news on television ( which was hopeless, since I knew not a word of Dutch) and when I gave up, I sat by the window staring out at the canal with my camel's hair coat thrown over my clothes - for I'd left New York in a hurry and the things I'd brought weren't warm enough - even indoors.
Read by David Pittu
It's a bit difficult to get the first paragraph from an audio version. I went to Amazon.com and opened the first page in the "Look Inside" option, then copied it. Hopefully, there are no typos. I double-checked.
Have you read this novel? Would you read on, now that you have read the first paragraph?
I have read and heard mixed reviews, but really liked the review by Caitlin on Chaotic Compendiums. I follow Caitlin's blog pretty often and I trust her reviews. So I downloaded it as an audible to my kindle. I'm learning to be OK with the audible version.
Until next time
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