Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Teaser Tuesday 5/4

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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
  • Share the title & author, too, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!
Today's teaser is from Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell. It is my next book club book, so I just picked it up at the library, but I haven't started reading it yet. Here are the first two sentences:
Beyond the Indian hamlet, upon a forlorn strand, I happened upon a trail of recent footprints. Through rotting kelp, sea cocoa-nuts & bamboo, the tracks led me to their maker, a White man, his trowzers & Pea-jacket rolled up, sporting a kempt beard & an outsized Beaver, shoveling & sifting the cindery sand with a teaspoon so intently that he noticed me only after I had hailed him from ten yards away.
I love the word kempt - one hears it so rarely, especially to how much we hear in comparison to unkempt.


  1. I got most of the way through Cloud Atlas and eventually just wandered off. I'll be curious what you think. I've become less patient with Serious Novels over the years, I've found. Nothing wrong with THEM; just me, I think.

    My teaser is here:


    Not a serious novel at all.

  2. Great teaser!


  3. Lovely phrasing.

    My teaser is up as well here...

  4. Very descriptive, wonderful teaser. My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/05/teaser-tuesdays-sea-witch.html

  5. Very descriptive! I'm finally getting through the list of teasers --- glad I saw yours! :)


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