Tuesday, December 03, 2013

First Paragraph, Teaser Tuesday -- The Consolations of the Forest

Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph of the current book you are reading.
My problem is that I'm starting this book at a time I will have to read it quickly, and this is definitely  not a book to be read quickly. Here's the opening from The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga by Sylvain Tesson. The translation from French was done by Linda Coverdale.
I promised myself that before I turned forty I would live as a hermit deep in the woods.
I went to spend six months in a Siberian cabin on the shores of Lake Baikal, on the tip of North Cedar Cape. Seventy-five miles from the nearest village, no neighbors, no access roads, and every now and then, a visit. Wintertime temperatures in the minus twenties Fahrenheit; the summer brought bears out into the open. In short: paradise.

Also this week  is Teaser Tuesdays. Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Open to a random page of your current read  and share a teaser sentence from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers
Here's my teaser from page 40:
I set the vodka glasses on the table, and we become gently drunk in the fetal warmth. The Australian woman doesn't quite get the picture.  
I'll be posting a review of this on Friday if you want to check back to see what I think about it.

14 comments:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This one does sound intriguing...I want to know more!

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Kim@Time2Read said...

I have to say, this is not an experience I would want to have. Interesting though! Hope you are enjoying it.
Here's my teaser...
http://mytime2read.blogspot.com/2013/12/teaser-tuesday-december-3.html

bookloversattic said...

Sounds like an interesting book! ~Deanna

kelley jensen said...

I would not want to do that, but I might read about it just to see what it is like. enjoy your book. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Margot said...

Great beginning! It grabbed me immediately. I want to know more about this person who would do such a crazy thing.

Lucia said...

Vodka shots for everyone!!!

Sidne said...

very interesting.

Laura said...

Interesting imagery "getting gently drunk in the fetal warmth" and wondering just what the Australian woman just doesn't get...
Sounds interesting. Hope you enjoy it! And thanks for stopping by my Tuesday Teaser.

Yvonne said...

Sounds good but intense!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I finished this on Sunday and although I liked it, I did not love it. Got to work on my review.

Thanks for joining us Paulita.

Nise' said...

I've seen this book around, not sure it is for me. Hope you are enjoying it.

wordsandpeace.com said...

my most favorite nonfiction of the year! awesome book!

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Harvee said...

I sometimes feel that a bit of solitude is what we all need from time to time. This sounds like a wonderful book.

Harvee
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