First Paragraph: The Glassblower of Murano

I’m reading an interesting novel that features Italian glass. The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato  alternates between current day glassblowers and those of a few centuries ago. So far, I’m really enjoying it. Here’s how it begins:

 Glassblower of MuranoAs Corradino Mankin looked on the lights of San Marco for the last time, Venice from the lagoon seemed to him a golden constellation in the dark blue velvet dusk. How many of those windowpanes, that adorned his city like costly gems, had he made with his own hands? Now they were stars lit to guide him at the end of the journey of his life. Guide him home at last.

What do you think?
Would you keep going?

Every Tuesday 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. Visit Diane to read more First Paragraphs.


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14 Responses to First Paragraph: The Glassblower of Murano

  1. diane says:

    I like the writing, so I’d read more. enjoy

  2. Beth F says:

    Oh what a lovely beginning Yes, I’d keep going.

  3. Beautiful writing and Venice… how could I resist? 😉

  4. Although the words are a bit flowery for my taste, I’ve actually read some good reviews of this one. Read on!

  5. This reminds me of my trip to Venice a few years ago…I’d keep reading.

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  6. What a pretty cover! I’d probably read for awhile based on that alone!
    Today I’m featuring ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ by Emma Healey.

  7. Definitely draws me in with those lovely word pictures. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “SHE CAN HIDE”

  8. Rita_h says:

    Glad you are enjoying this. I would probably want to read more to see how the story is going, but the writing is lovely–thanks.

  9. The premise sounds interesting, but I didn’t really like the writing style of the intro. A bit too fanciful on the descriptive words for me 🙂

  10. I would keep reading. I like the writing style and the cover. The story sounds interesting too!

  11. Paulita says:

    My daughter (age 22) owns this book and proclaims it “really good.” Hope you enjoy it too. Here’s Mine

  12. Mystica says:

    I’ve read this one and liked it. I like the flowery language. I think its part of Venice.

  13. The opener does not hook me in, but I do like historical books so would give it a try.
    Peggy @ The Pegster Reads

  14. kelley says:

    I like it, I’d give it a go. Thanks so much for stopping by I appreciate it. How’s your summer going?

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