First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Docherty by Wm. McIlvanney

fistchapFirst Chapter, First Paragraph, is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.  Anyone can play — just copy the first paragraph of the first chapter (or prologue) and include a picture of the book cover. Leave your link at Bibliophile by the Sea.  Here’s the opening from Docherty by Wm. McIlvanney:

Docherty_thumb[2]Prologue: 1903

The year came and receded like any other, leaving its flotsam of the grotesque, the memorable, the trivial.  On the fist day the Coronation Durbar at Delhi saw King Edward established by proxy as Emperor of India.  In the same month 5,000 people died in a hurricane in the Society Islands and 51 inmates were burned to death in Colney Hatch lunatic asylum.  In July Pope Leo XIII died at ninety-three.  In November the King and Queen of Italy visited England.  Rock Sand was the horse, running up to his fetlocks in prize-money: 2,000 Guineas, Derby, St. Leger.  In Serbia King Alexander and Queen Draga were murdered, Peter Karageorgevitch became King, and dark conspirators regrouped around the throne, like actors obsessed with their roles although the theatre is on fire.  In London Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show made genocide a circus.  In Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, two brothers put a heavier than air machine into flight for fifty-nine seconds.  In High Street, Graithnock, Miss Gilfillan had insomnia.


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!  So, from the same novel:

Mick liked to talk about places he had heard of and would like to go to. The names unfurled like bright colours in the darkness.  (Location 767)

Would you keep reading?  Have you read this or other books by McIlvanney?  Leave a comment and a link to your own FCFP & TT.



About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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2 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Docherty by Wm. McIlvanney

  1. Haven’t read this, or any other McIlvanney books, but it’s a nice teaser.


  2. Yes this sounds good to me, I wondered where that paragraph was going… and then we got the last sentence. Here is my First Chapter post for this week


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