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.