Monday, October 19, 2020

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

 It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

. . . First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros . . . now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.

Happy Book Birthday to a recent read, The Silence by Don DeLillo, which is being released today!  I was fortunate to receive an advance reader copy of this suspenseful novel from the publisher.

Beginning:  Part One
Words, sentences, numbers, distance to destination.


The man touched the button and his seat moved from its upright position.  He found himself staring up at the nearest of the small screens located just below the overhead bin, words and numbers changing with the progress of the flight.  Altitude, air temperature, speed, time of arrival.  He wanted to sleep but kept on looking.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
First, let me just say how much I miss air travel . . .

Now, on to my thoughts about the book . . .

In this concise novel, DeLillo presents the type of plausible scenario that modern society seems on the brink of at any given time these days, and begs the question: Without technology to support us, how do we communicate to the outer world and with each other?  Five characters are faced with such a dilemma and its consequences . . .

DeLillo's characters grapple to make sense of uncertainty brought about by circumstances beyond their control which have potentially catastrophic results.  The inner thoughts and outer demeanor of the group offer an interesting perspective of life and survival in the 21st century.





This First Chapter~First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.


  1. This sounds so different; love the cover too. I need to check it out.

    Here's my pick:

  2. Sounds fascinating! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog. Enjoy your week.