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
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!
Here’s mine for the week:
Charles kept wondering how he would be able to pay back so much money the following year; he tried to think up various schemes-such has turning to his father or selling something. But his father would turn a deaf ear, and he personally had nothing to sell.
pg. 206 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Are you enjoying Madame Bovary so far?
I am. The characters are frustrating, but I am engaged in the story. Do you like it?
I liked it when I read it a long time ago – though at first it was difficult (I read it in the original French).
the first 50 pages were a bit rough and slow going. Now I’m used to his writing.
It’s a bit like Dickens, isn’t it? Must have been the way they wrote in those days.
Yes. it takes some settling into. And not sure many publishers would bite on these types of manuscripts these days.
No, they seem to want the more Hollywood type script: fast paced and right there from the beginning 🙂
You read the best books—–I think I need to beef up my reading selection every time I see what you are reading.
Funny, I always like the titles of the books you read. I saw Sue Grafton on your recent list and couldn’t remember the last one I read. I think I stopped at M.
They had a ton of hers for $1.99 on Kindle before I left on vacation and I got a ton that I haven’t read. Or I think I haven’t read……and even if I did most likely I won’t remember I read them.
I know I like her books. They are quick and easy, but I can’t remember the stories at all. Gosh I read them twenty years ago–the first one at least.
You were just a baby when you read them!!! 🙂
Still a teen. At the time I felt so grown up and I knew everything.
Oh yes—I know that feeling well. Now I have it all figured out. NOT!
I prefer being clueless. Much easier to keep up that way.
As a former English major, teacher, and professor I loved the book. But I liked it less for the tale and more for the historic context. It is a telling book of the time and a historic document of how the poor and especially women were treated during that time period. However, that is what he wanted to depict when he wrote it. It amazes me the lack of power that women had and the horrid way men treated them, if it wasn’t for her children and sex, she would be seen as an animal. However, a classic none the less!
It is a depressing look into the society of the time and the treatment of women. I like books like this: have a great story and also are social commentary. I learn so much from them.
Poor man 😉
Money trouble is no fun.
These are always fun to read. Thanks for sharing.
Glad you enjoyed Patti.
Good teaser TBM! I missed again.. ..
No worries, there’s always next week.
Nice quote, TBM! I loved this phrase from the teaser – “such as turning to his father…But his father would turn a deaf ear”. That sounds poetic because it puts the word ‘turn’ to two different uses. I am wondering how that would read in French. I read somewhere that Flaubert was a wonderful stylist of the French language and took a lot of time to construct each sentence. I am wondering whether he did that here too. Thanks for sharing this quote.
That’s an interesting point, Vishy. Now you have me wondering. I know I’m reading the English translation, but his writing is beautiful and it does seem like every sentence was constructed over time and not forced to make a deadline.
Nice to know that you found Flaubert’s writing beautiful, TBM. I liked what you said – that it looked like every sentence was constructed over time and not forced by a deadline. I haven’t read a whole book by Flaubert, but have only read excerpts from a couple of his books. But I read a book called ‘Flaubert’s Parrot’ by Julian Barnes, which, though it is described as a novel, is really a love letter to Flaubert. It is a beautiful book and talks about Flaubert’s life and his books. You might like it in case you want to explore Flaubert more.
Thanks for the tip, Vishy. Flaubert has three more novels on the 1001 and I just checked, Barnes’s novel is on the list as well. I should read that one when I finish Flaubert’s. thanks!