Tuesday, December 17, 2019

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 


First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, is where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon. 

Today I'm featuring my current read, Akin, by Emma Donoghue. The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.


The Call

An old man packing his bags.

Hard not to read the situation metaphorically, Joan commented in his head.

Noah corrected her: not old.  He was only seventy-nine, till next Monday.  When he'd been young, your seventies had counted as old, but not these days.  Say, youngish up to sixty; then middle-aged, or young-old, through the sixties and seventies.  Ancient Romans used to distinguish between senectus (still lives) and decrepitus (done for).  Sharp as ever, hale, hearty -- surely Noah could still count himself in the senectus camp?

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
Noah is packing for a trip.  Little does he know it will be quite a unique adventure.

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  1. I keep looking at this one so I'll be curious what you think of it.

  2. I'm curious too, is Joan commenting in the other one's head? As in mind talking? Or is Joan a man? I just want to read this to find out! LOL
    Here is my Tuesday post. Take care and have fun!

  3. I like Donoghue's writing so I would keep reading.See what Christmas themed book we are featuring at Girl Who Reads

  4. You have piqued my interest! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  5. I am intrigued, I would keep reading.