First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

First 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.  Today’s intro and teaser are from The Reader by Berhard Schlink:

Chapter One

When I was fifteen, I got hepatitis.  It started in the fall and lasted until spring. As the old year darkened and turned colder, I got weaker and weaker. Things didn’t start to improve until the new year. January was warm, and my mother moved my bed out onto the balcony. I saw sky, sun, clouds, and heard the voices of children playing in the courtyard. As dusk came one evening in February, there was the sound of a blackbird singing.

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, now being hosted by Ambrosia of  The Purple Booker.
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 book:

As usual, I wondered whether [my father] was really turning over my mother’s question in his mind, or whether he was thinking about work. . . He was a professor of philosophy, and thinking was his life — thinking and reading and writing and teaching. p.30

I saw the movie and am looking forward to reading the book.  I’ve not read anything by this author  before although he has written several prize-winning crime novels which does sound right up my alley.  Have you read this novel?  Did you like it?  Have you read anything else by Schlink?  Let us know and leave a link to your intro and/or teaser for this Tuesday.

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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6 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

  1. Alice Audrey says:

    This sounds like something right up your alley. Intellectual.


    • mysm2000 says:

      I’m not sure about that. From what I’ve read so far, there’s a lot of sex involved; I don’t remember there being that much, some yes, but not that much in the movie. I’ll let you know what I think when I’m done. Thanks for stopping by.


  2. I have no seen the movie either.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. fuonlyknew says:

    I always meant to read this. Haven’t seen the movie either. Such lovely writing.

    My TT from Black Beauty


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