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 The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle for book club. What a novel! I’ll tell you about it later this week. Here’s how it begins:
Afterward, he tried to reduce it to abstract terms, an accident in a world of accidents, the collision of opposing forces — the bumper of his car and the the frail scrambling hunched over form of a dark little man with a wild look in his eye — but he wasn’t very successful. This wasn’t a statistic in an actuarial table tucked away in a drawer somewhere, this wasn’t random and impersonal. It had happened to him, Delaney Mossbacher, of 32 Pinon Drive, Arroyo Blanco Estates, a liberal humanist with an unblemished driving record and a freshly waxed Japanese car with personalized plates, and it shook him to the core.
What do you think?
Would you keep reading?