Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Teaser Tuesday - 14 December

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 and author 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!
Renzo bowed deeply, the doctor greeted him affably, with the words 'Come in, my lad' and took him into his study. It was a huge room; three of its walls were occupied by portraits of the first twelve Roman emperors, and the fourth was taken up by a vast bookcase full of dusty old volumes.
Renzo's visit to a lawyer (Dr Azzeccagarbugli is his name in the original, thank goodness for copy and paste!) from Manzoni's classic The Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi).I first read this many years ago and it is about time for a reread. Manzoni is the first true classic novel written in the Italian language amist the turmoil which led to the founding of the modern Italian state - his death provoked the writing of Verdi's Requiem (which coincidentally I'm listening to at the moment).


jlshall said...

Good teaser. And what a great idea to listen to the Requiem while you're reading the book. Haven't heard of this one before. Thanks for the introduction!

Jennifer said...

This book sounds really, really good. Great teaser. My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/12/teaser-tuesdays-love-me-to-death.html

BLHmistress said...

Would love to try and read this, wish I could remember my Italian I learned years ago.

My Tuesday Teaser