Tuesday, June 10, 2014

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday

This week's 'First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday' hosted by 'Bibliophile by the Sea', is from my new favourite writer, David Mitchell:

'Miss Kawasemi?' Orito kneels on a stale and sticky futon. 'Can you hear me?'
In the rice paddy beyond the garden, a cacophony of frogs detonates.
Orito dabs the concubine's sweat-drenched face with a damp cloth. 'She's barely spoken,' the maid holds the lamp, 'for hours and hours...'
'Miss Kawasemi, my name's Aibagawa. I'm a midwife. I want to help.'
Kawasemi's eyes flicker open. She manages a frail sigh. Her eyes shut. She is too exhausted, Orito thinks, even to fear dying tonight.'

'The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet' by David Mitchell.

Would you read on?


  1. I would read on. The intro provides a good sense of place and has already drawn me in and makes me wonder what will happen next.

  2. An interesting opener and I would keep reading.

  3. Not getting into it yet, but very curious to read more; enjoy and thanks for participating this week.

  4. I think I need to know a little more about the premise of the book before making a decision.

  5. That is interesting. I remember this title from some where. Hope you enjoy it.