First Paragraph: City of Women

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 just finished reading City of Women by David R. Gillham. It’s a novel set in Berlin in 1943. This book really crawled inside me and my head was living there. This is one book I believe is going to be very popular.

The Blind man taps his cane rhythmically. Three taps, three taps, three taps to gain the attention of passing Berliners. He is a cadaverous sentry with a shaved pate under an old soldier’s cap, selling pencils from a canister strung about his neck. A pyramid of dots are stamped onto the armband he wears, and his round black goggles are like two holes poked through the day, letting the night bleed through. Sigrid fishes out the coin purse from her bag as she emerges from the U-Bahn stairwell, and drops a few groschen into his cup, “Bless you,” he rasps in answer to the jangle. “Please choose a pencil.” She thanks him, but when he turns his head in the direction of her voice, something behind the blindness of those goggles seems to mark her. She puts the pencil into her handbag and crosses the street at the signal.

 What do you think?

Based on just this first paragraph, would you keep reading?

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4 Responses to First Paragraph: City of Women

  1. WOW …the writing pulled me in immediately, when I received a copy of this one, it didn’t seem like one I would enjoy, but I was probably wrong…I’d keep reading.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week.

  2. JoAnn says:

    I started this on audio yesterday. Didn’t think it sounded like one I would enjoy, but the first CD has me hooked!

  3. Beth F says:

    I LOVED this book! Hope you do too.

  4. Staci says:

    Oh yes, I would so keep going!! I will keep my eyes peeled for this one!

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