First Paragraph: The Secret River

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.

The Secret River by Kate Grenville was the choice by one of my book clubs. It’s an award-winning historical fiction about the pioneers in Australia.

In the rooms where William Thornhill grew up, in the last decades of the eighteenth century, no one could move an elbow without hitting the wall or the table or a sister or a brother. Light struggled in through small panes of cracked glass and the soot from the smoking fireplace veiled the walls.

Where they lived, down close to the river, the alleyways were no more than a stride across, and dimmed even on the brightest day by the holdings packed in hugger-mugger. On every side it was nothing but brick walls and chimneys, cobblestones and mouldering planks where old whitewash marked the grain.

 What do you think of this paragraph?

Would you keep reading?

I’ll be sharing my thoughts on this book at Quirky Girls Read this Thursday. Come and visit.

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7 Responses to First Paragraph: The Secret River

  1. I like it, and would definitely read on. Hope it’s wonderful.

  2. kaye says:

    I liked it–kind of reminded me of when I was a kid. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  3. Staci says:

    I think I would keep reading this one!

  4. I would most definitely keep on reading, Margot, because this is a fantastic book. I read it earlier this year and loved it.

  5. Louise says:

    I’m glad you’re reading this, it is supposed to be wonderful. As an Australian I feel actual guilt that I haven’t read this book. I have read other Kate Grenville, and it’s always been great. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

  6. Aarti says:

    This is one of my all-time favorite books! I hope you love it, too :-)

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