Teaser Tuesday

After reading Revolutionary Road last year, I vowed to read all of Richard Yates’ works. It’s taken me nearly a year to get around to reading another one, but I think that because his works are so wonderful, they are best spread out so that it’ll be a while before I won’t have a new-to-me Yates to read. And this is a really long way to say that I adore his writing!

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Sarah’s eye wasn’t damaged- her wide, deep brown eyes remained the dominant feature in a face that would become beautiful- but for the rest of her life a fine little blue-white scar wavered down from one eyebrow into the lid, like the hesitant stroke of a pencil, and Emily could never look at it without remembering how well her sister had borne pain.

It reminded her too, time and again, of her own susceptibility to panic and her unfathomable dread of being alone.

(Richard Yates: The Easter Parade. 10)

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Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should Be Reading and this is how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser this week comes from a pastiche of Golden Age detective fiction set in 1946 in England. A Mysterious Affair of Style is an homage to Agatha Christie’s mysteries in particular and both emulates and makes fun of the conventions of the classic whodunit.

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“In other words, what generates the tension you describe is the reader’s fear not that the detective will fail- he knows that’ never going to happen- but that the author will fail.'”

“It’s what you call clever-clever, which sounds twice as clever as clever itself but is actually only half.”

(Gilbert Adair: A Mysterious Affair of Style. 11 & 15)

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Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should Be Reading and this is how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser this week comes from a nonfiction book:

A Very Great Profession tries to correct some of this imbalance and to present a portait through their fiction of English middleclass women during the period between two world wars. To the women writer who made their voices heard in those years ‘this curious silent unrepresented life,’ as Virginia Woolf called it, did begin to have its own significance; many of the novels are remarkable works of fiction- and they are all memorable because of what they tell the reader about what women did, thought and felt at the time.” (3)
“And it soon became clear that those novels which school, university, and critical dogma had chosen to ignore were, to me, infinitely greater and more memorable than those which had for so long and so regularly appeared on reading lists.” (5)

(Nicola Beauman: A Very Great Profession. The Woman´s Novel 1914-39)

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Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should Be Reading and this is how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser this week comes from a thriller:
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“I felt that prickling horror, the one that comes when you realise the extent of something bad- if you´re dangerouly lost or you´ve made some terrible mistake- the reality of the situation creeping in through the back of your head like a pantomime Dracula.

I did not know who I was.”

(Steven Hall: The Raw Shark Texts. 5)

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Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should Be Reading and this is how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday

Isnt´t uni simply amazing, especially when you get to read books like this for a class?
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“But now isn’t simply now. Now is also a cold reminder; one whole day later than yesterday, one year later than last year.

Every now is labelled with its date, rendering all past nows obsolete, until — later or sooner — perhaps — no, not perhaps — quite certainly: It will come.”

(Christopher Isherwood: A Single Man.1)

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Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should Be Reading and this is how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday

This week´s teaser is from a historical mystery, set in London in 1929.

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`Oh yes. The truth. Mr. Davenham, I will ascertain the truth for you, but I must have an agreement from you- that when you have my report, and you know the truth, then we will discuss the future together´.”

(Jaqueline Winspear: Maisie Dobbs.14)

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Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should Be Reading and this is how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday

If you´re a regular reader of my blog, you´ll probably have noticed that Agatha Christie is my favorite mystery writer and that I´m now forever trying to find other crime novels equal to hers. Sometimes that works, often it doesn´t. But I´m glad I still have some non-fiction about her life and works left to read. This passage explains pretty much what I most enjoy about Christie´s works:

“One of Agatha Christie´s great achievements as a crime writer was to make murder cosy enough to be palatable to refined middleclass tastes. She abhorred violence, and those who see in it the only reality will seek that kind of reality in vain in the Christiean oeuvre. Her appeal is incredibly wide- ca va sans dire, as Poirot might say- and it is an appeal not to the blood lust but to a civilized delight in the puzzle shared by her readers of all social and intellectual classes.”

(Charles Osborne: The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie.16)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should Be Reading and this is how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday

This teaser is from the part where the girls´ grandfather is supposed to teach them from the bible, he has been admonished by his daughter-in-law not to let them grow up only on his pagan tales:

“`And so lasses, there stands Jesus on the mount, all the world below Him, Lucifer leering at His side,´ says Oupa theatrically. `” All this could be yours forever, if you´ll just kneel down and worship me” he tries to tempt Jesus once more.

`But Jesus- though He be weak and hungry from his forty days and forty nights in the desert- rises up,´ and Oupa´s voice is quivering now, `And He says unto the Prince of Darkness, “Never, Satan! Never! Now get thee hence!” And then He punches the Devil right in the guts and hurls him off the mountain, and the Devil is smashed to a bloody pulp on the rocks below.´”

(Lauren Liebenberg: The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam. 41 )

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Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should Be Reading and this is how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
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Teaser Tuesday

I´ve nearly finished Lady Audley´s Secret, it´s a great sensation novel!

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She had locked the door to guard against the chance of any one coming in suddenly and observing her before she was aware- before she had had sufficient warning to enable her to face scrutiny.

Her pale face seemed to grow paler as the morning advanced.

(Mary Elizabeth Braddon: Lady Audley´s Secret. 356)

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Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should Be Reading and this is how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
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Teaser Tuesday

I´m currently reading Cider with Rosie and love it. It´s so beautifully written and it´s fun to follow the narrator as he grows up and discovers the Cotswolds.

Now I measured that first growing year by the widening fields that became visible to me, the new tricks of dressing and getting about with which I became gradually endowed.

I could open the kitchen door by screwing ymself into a ball and leaping and banging the latch with my fist.

(Laurie Lee: Cider with Rosie. 13)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should Be Reading and this is how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!