Tuesday, October 29, 2013

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #37

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea. It's an opportunity to share the first paragraph(s) of a book I am currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

This week I'm featuring the opening paragraphs from Coral Glynn by Peter Cameron, which I recently borrowed from the New York Public Library.

 Coral Glynn by Peter Cameron: Book Cover  

Part One


That spring--the spring of 1950--had been particularly wet.

An area at the bottom of the garden at Hart House flooded, creating a shallow pool through which the crocuses gamely raised their little flounced heads, like cold shivering children in a swimming class.  The blond gravel on the garden paths had turned green, each pebble wrapped in a moist transparent blanket of slime, and one could not sit on either of the two cement benches that flanked the river gate without first unhinging the snails and slugs adhered to them.  

The excessive moistness of the garden was of no concern to anyone at Hart House except for the new nurse, who had arrived on Thursday, and had attempted, on the two afternoons that were somewhat mild, to sit outside for a moment, away from the sickness and strain in the house.  But she found the garden inhospitable, and so had resolved to stay indoors.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?  The story, set in the English countryside after World War II, is about a nurse who is sent to an isolated mansion to care for an elderly woman who is dying.  The plot thickens as the lives of other characters intersect with the inhabitants of the mansion. I saw this novel featured recently on another blog and it piqued my curiosity.  I'm looking forward to starting it soon.

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