First Paragraph: East of Eden

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 curently reading/listening to East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Here’s the first paragraph:

The Salinas Valley is in Northern Cakifornia. It is a long narrow swale between two ranges of mountains, and the Salinas River winds and twists up the center until it falls at last into Monterey Bay.

I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer–and what trees and seasons smelled like–how people looked and walked and smelled even The memory of odors is very rich.

What do you think?

Is that enough for you to keep going on this 601 paged book?

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6 Responses to First Paragraph: East of Eden

  1. Beth F says:

    I’m a huge Steinbeck fan … hope you’re loving East of Eden.

  2. I listened to the audio version of this one and absolutely loved it. I was compelled to buy more books by Steinbeck. enjoy.

  3. JoAnn says:

    East of Eden is one of my all-time favorites… hope you’re enjoying it!

  4. Hattie says:

    I love that second paragraph. It’s very descriptive. “Secret flowers,” isn’t that interesting??

  5. Staci says:

    Even though I just read what you thought of this one, I do like the opening paragraph 😀

  6. Deon says:

    So glad someone else shares my own fondness for this opening paragraph. It’s been my favourite ever since early childhood.

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