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.
Yesterday was a good day because I spent time browsing at both the library and Barnes and Noble. I came across this curious little book and I have started to read it. Hector and the Secrets of Love by Francois Lelord
has a funny cartoon character man on the front. Hector is a psychiatrist, and according to the book jacket, he travels the world on behalf of a pharmaceutical company to find a scientist who discovered the molecule that makes people fall in love.
Here's the first paragraph, plus a little more:
"All we have to say to him is: 'My dear doctor, you're going to help us discover the secret of love.' I'm sure he'll consider it a very noble mission."
"Do you think he's up to it?"
"Yes, I do."
"He'll need persuading -- you have the necessary funds."
"The most important thing, I think, is to make him feel he'll be doing something worthwhile."
"So we'll need to tell him everything?"
"Yes. Well, not everything, if you see what I mean."
The two men in grey suits were talking late at night in a big office at the top of a tall building. Through the picture windows the bright city lights shone as far as the eye could see, but they didn't take any notice of them.
Instead they looked at some photographs they had taken from a file. They were glossy portraits of a youngish man with a preoccupied air.
"Psychiatrist, what a strange occupation!" said the older man. "I wonder how anyone can stand it."
"Yes, I wonder, too."
The younger man, a tall, strapping fellow with cold eyes, replaced all the photos in the file, which was marked "Dr. Hector."
I don't know about you, but I'm just drawn to this book.