Teaser Tuesday (July 30)

tteTeaser 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

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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28 Responses to Teaser Tuesday (July 30)

  1. Colline says:

    Are you enjoying Madame Bovary so far?

  2. Beth Ann says:

    You read the best books—–I think I need to beef up my reading selection every time I see what you are reading.

  3. hermanchad says:

    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!

    • TBM says:

      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.

  4. pattisj says:

    These are always fun to read. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Good teaser TBM! I missed again.. ..

  6. Vishy says:

    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.

    • TBM says:

      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.

      • Vishy says:

        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.

      • TBM says:

        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!

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