First Paragraph: My Antonia
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, or more accurately, re-readiong My Antonia by Willa Cather. I am indeed a Willa Cather fan. When the two book clubs I belong to both wanted to read this story, I had no objection. They somehow managed to be in the same month. What a lucky coincidence for me. Here is the fist paragraph of this beloved classic:
I first heard of Antonia on what seemed to me an interminable journey across the great Midland plain of North America. I was ten years old then; I had lost both father and mother within a year, and my Virginia relatives were sending me out to my grandparents, who lived in Nebraska. I traveled in the care of a mountain boy, Jake Marpole, one of the ‘hands’ on my father’s old farm under the Blue Ridge, who was now going West to work for my grandfather. Jake’s experience of the world was not much wider than mine. He had never been in a railway train until the morning when we set out together to try our fortunes in a new world.
What do you think? Would you keep reading?