Tuesday’s Tantalizing Teasers & First Chapter, First Paragraph: Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table

First Chapter, First Paragraph is hosted by I’d Rather Be At The Beach you can reach it 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 books other people are reading by visiting their blogs and noting their excerpts.

Today’s First Chapter, First Paragraph is from Michael Ondaatje‘s The Cat’s Table.

He wasn’t talking.  He was looking from the window of the car all the way.  Two adults in the front seat spoke quietly under their breath.  He could have listened if he wanted to, but he didn’t. For a while, at the section of the road where the river sometimes flooded, he could hear the spry of water at the wheels.  They entered the Fort and the car slipped silently past the post office building and the clock tower.  At this hour of the night there was barely any traffic in Colombo. They drove out along Reclamation Road, passed St. Anthony’s Church, and after that he saw the last of the food stalls, each lit with a single bulb. Then they entered a vast open space that was the harbour, with only a string of lights in the distance along the pier. He got out and stood by the warmth of the car.

I am hosting this Tuesdays’ Tantalizing Teasers which is easy to participate in.  It 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 (two or three sentences), and leave a comment with the link to your own tantalizing teaser for the day.  Here’s my quote from the above book by Michael Ondaatje:

I wasn’t breathless. I had prepared my anger and I had come to wound him in any way I could for what he had done to the child.  I saw him for what he was, a bully who hid in his courteous power and authority. (p. 227)

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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4 Responses to Tuesday’s Tantalizing Teasers & First Chapter, First Paragraph: Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table

  1. I’m definitely curious. See what I’m featuring at Girl Who Reads

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Vicki says:

    Sounds good, I’d keep reading.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Colline says:

    I would definitely keep reading. I have not read this book yet.


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