Today I'm featuring the opening paragraph from Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin, which a friend just gave me. A film based on the novel is opening on Valentine's Day.
A great city is nothing more than a portrait of itself, and yet when all is said and done, its arsenals of scenes and images are part of a deeply moving plan. As a book in which to read this plan, New York is unsurpassed. For the whole world has poured its heart into the city by the Palisades, and made it far better than it ever had any right to be.
What do you think? Would you continue reading?
Reading the opening lines makes me feel nostalgic . . .
As a native New Yorker, I love stories set in New York City. The cover of the book is a depiction of light streaming into Grand Central Terminal, a favorite landmark of mine. I've also seen the movie trailer for the film, which I find very intriguing.
While I admit being a bit daunted by its 748 pages, I can see myself curling up with this novel over a long weekend or during one of our seemingly never-ending winter snowstorms.
What are you reading now or planning to read soon?
First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #49 was originally published by Catherine for bookclublibrarian.com. This post cannot be republished without attribution.