Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Teaser Tuesday - 24 March

Teaser Tuesday

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
In Hell the boiling oil at least has smoke rising off it, but on nights with no moon and few lamps, there is little here to tell black water from black stone, and in the darkness sound moves differently, so that voices which start moving towards you end up surprising you at your back. Since many of the bridge parapets are higher than my nose and most windows start above my head, any journey after dark is like running through swerving tunnels, and there are moments where the water comes loud on all sides and my heartbeat interferes with my sense of direction.
Sarah Dunant's dark claustrophobic take on Venice In the Company of the Courtesan I'm hoping to have more fun with her Renaissance Italy than the Pope's Rhinoceros!
And as I'm still working my way through the 668 pages (just two over!) of Dostoyevsky's The Devils, here's another teaser:
You're an atheist because you're the spoilt son of a gentleman, the last son of a gentleman. You've lost the distinction between good and evil because you no longer know your own people, and you won't know it at all, neither you, nor the Verkhovenskys, father and son-nor I, for I, too, am a gentleman - I, the son of your serf and footman Pashka.

Hope to finish the Devils this week...


The Bumbles said...

I enjoyed the first sentence especially of your first Teaser - grabs you and puts you right in the world described. I applaud your efforts on tackling both books which seem very thought provoking.

Marg said...

Interesting teasers!