Tuesday’s Tantalizing Teasers & First Chapter, First Paragraph: The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

First Chapter, First Paragraph has a new host, I’d Rather Be At The Beach, you can reach here.  Easy to participate.  Include your book title and author, a picture of the cover, and quote the first (or first two) paragraph(s) from the book.  Leave your link at the blog site along with a comment on what is posted there.  Learn about other books people are reading by visiting their blogs and noting their excerpts.

Today’s First Chapter, First Paragraph is from The Shipping News, the story of a displaced Newfoundlander who finds his way home and has a new start in life with a new outlook and family.

1  Quoyle: A coil of rope

Here is an account of a few years in the life of Quoyle, born in Brooklyn and raised in a shuffle of dreary upstate towns.

Hive-spangled, gut roaring with gas and cramp, he survived childhood; at the state university, hand clapped over his chin, he camouflaged torment with smiles and silence. Stumbled through his twenties and into his thirties learning to separate his feelings from his life, counting on nothing.  He ate prodigiously, liked a ham knuckle, buttered spuds.

Tuesday’s Tantalizing Teasers may not appear every week but when it does, it will always be on Tuesday.  To participate, show the title, author, and cover, and choose a random (or not) quote to share with other readers.  Here’s my quote from the above book:

Quoyle went back to his desk. He felt light and hot… Quoyle rolled paper into the typewriter but didn’t type anything. Thirty-six years old and this was the first time anybody ever said he’d done it right. p. 144

Would you keep reading?  Have you read this book already?  Share your thoughts and leave a link to your own post.  Enjoy your day!

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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15 Responses to Tuesday’s Tantalizing Teasers & First Chapter, First Paragraph: The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

  1. Yvonne says:

    I’m not sure if I’d like this one, but the teaser is enough to make me want to keep reading and try it.


  2. Kym Thorpe says:

    Not sure this is my style, but I’m interested because of it being set in Newfoundland. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I had a hard time getting into this book and should give it another try.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Kathy Martin says:

    That beginning didn’t grab me. I hope you enjoy it though. This week I am featuring A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot. Happy reading!


    • mysm2000 says:

      I did enjoy it and although the movie was a bit different, I enjoyed it very much. Especially the part of the Aunt played by Judy Dench. The writing style is very Newfoundland apparently and drove me to distraction a bit at first. A good read, though.


  5. Nice choice. I hope you enjoy the read!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Vicki says:

    Not sure this book is a good fit for me but I’d read a bit more and then decide.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I remember when this first came out I thought it sounded so boring, I mean, how much shipping new could they repeat? lol

    Great book!

    Here’s mine: http://bit.ly/TTues4

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I loved this book! The movie was good, too. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.


  9. Colletta says:

    Sounds interesting! Thanks for stopping by 🙂


  10. I think I might need to know a bit more about the book before I decided to keep reading, See what we are featuring at Girl Who Reads


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