Tuesday, August 23, 2011

First Paragraph Tuesdays -- Hector and the Secrets of Love

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."
"I understand."
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.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I'm loving the dialogue here. Yes, this should be a fun one. Can't wait for final thoughts.

judi said...

i'll let you read and share....

aguja said...

Yes, there is intrigue at the very beginning ... will make a note of this one.
Will be back commenting at the end of the month.
¡Hasta luego!

Amy said...

WHat a nice day you had yesterday...so book-centered, love that, and you discovered a new, intriguing book...yay!

This book sounds fascinating...I have a list of questions already and cannot wait for your review...you will review this book won't you?! There's something more going on here...these 2 men are scheming and I want to know what's up!
Thank you & Enjoy!

Amy's First Chapter First Paragraph
I hope you like it!

Nise' said...

At first glance I would not have picked up this book, but after reading the opening lines, I am intrigued. I love this meme.

Paulita said...

Yes, I promise to review this book. It was a slow morning at work, and when I didn't have students coming in for help, I read. This book ignited interesting ideas knocking around in my head.

Harvee said...

I bet Hector is a busy man! The first paragraph sounds promising. Here's a teaser from my current read.

Vicki said...

The first paragraph doesn't grab me instantly, but the blurb would have hooked me.
Here's Mine

Veens said...

What a fun cover! The dialogue is really good and this sounds like a fun little book.

Linda said...

It looks sweet. I bet you enjoy it.

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