26 July, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (47)

Teaser Tuesday has swung by again; this weekly meme is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:

  • 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 teasers!

This week, my teaser is from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I always meant to get around to reading one of those "loose, baggy monsters", as Henry James called nineteenth-century Russian novels. Helping the experience is the fact there are illustrations in the version I took out the library that, apparently, Leo Tolstoy actually had done for the original.

At first he heard the sound of indifferent conversation, then the sound of Anna Mikhailovna's voice delivering a long speech, then a screech, then silence, then again both voices speaking with joyful intonations, and then steps, and Anna Mikhailovna opened the door for him. The expression on Anna Mikhailovna's face was the proud, happy and relieved expression of a surgeon who has just completed a difficult amputation and is admitting the public so that it can appreciate his skill.
-p. 310


Got a teaser, or thoughts on the book you're reading? Feel free to leave them in the comments!

-----The Golden Eagle


Summer Ross said...

This is a wonderful teaser- I like the way the sentences build up.

mooderino said...

i've always wanted to read this. Would be interested in your thoughts after you finish if you get a chance to write a review.

Moody Writing

Old Kitty said...

Now can't you just picture Anna's expression as she opens the door?!?! Now that's what I call showing and not telling!! Wonderful, wonderful!! Take care

Sun Singer said...

I read this novel so long ago, I didn't even remember this teaser line. It does go on for a while, War and Peace, just like those conditions in real life.


Sonia Lal said...

I read this so long ago, I barely remember it.

mine: http://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/teaser-tuesday-unnatural/

Jemi Fraser said...

I've never tried War & Peace - good for you!! :)

I just finished 'The Moon, My Butt & Other Round Things'. Very well done YA book.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I don't have a teaser, but I admire your intention to read W&P.

L.G.Smith said...

I admit I only made it half-way through War and Peace before I put it down.

Right now I'm reading China Mieville's The City and The City and think it is brilliant.

Charles Gramlich said...

"I guess she's found Dee," Joe said. "She likes Dee."

"Then how come she married July, dern it?"

From Lonesome dove

Alice Audrey said...

You managed to find an intriguing snippet in that loose, baggy monster.

Great teaser. My teaser is here

Carole Anne Carr said...

Love war and peace and did finish it. Now enjoying every word of Gormenaghast by Mervyn Peake.

Christine Rains said...

It's been years since I've read any Tolstoy. Great that you're reading it!

Misha said...

Great teaser! I read War and Peace a long time ago. I hardly remember anything! Time for a re-read maybe...

cherie said...

It's been years since I read War and Peace. I love that book! Your teaser is making me want to read it again. :)

Anonymous said...

I can't remember if I read this or not. I had a Russian lit phase in college, so I might have.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

I was really interested that your copy had illustrations .. and I love the phrase about the loose baggy monster of a book .. I perhaps need to have another look.

Your description of Anna as she opens the door .. does draw us on for more .. Hilary

Laila Knight said...

I picked it up. They made me read it a long time ago...but I just couldn't do it. I guess I'm partial to certain genres. :)

David Powers King said...

Would it be wrong to say I never read War and Peace? Probably, so I won't. Thanks for the teaser! :)

Talli Roland said...

War and Peace! Now that's heavy summer-time reading.

Mark Noce said...

Haven't got any teasers for you, but I love Tolstoy. Especially his use of minor characters, it's almost a lost art form, so few contemporary authors manage to use minor characters as successfully as he did. But that's just my two cents:)

Alleged Author said...

Whoa! Such a deep book for such a leeetle Eagle!

Theresa Milstein said...

Wow, there's a mouthful in that teaser. I can really hear and see the scene.

Here's mine - Supernaturally by Kiersten White. Page 89:

"I know I make it look effortless, but creating doors between realms isn't exactly simple. Pulling you through was easier than coming in for some polite conversation and perhaps a bit of tea, at which point I would have had to make another door. I didn't know you'd scream like a little girl."

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Great teaser! I'm reading an mg novel called the Magic Theif by Sarah Prineas:

"Nevery, though there were some things I hadn't told him about, I had never lied to him because I hadn't needed to lie about anything."

The Golden Eagle said...

Summer: Thanks!

I do, too. It's interesting to read the translation to Tolstoy; I have to wonder what the original Russian is like.

Mood: I was thinking about reviewing it--I did Moby-Dick here on the blog, so why not War and Peace? :)

Old Kitty: LOL. It must have been some expression!

Glad you liked the teaser!

Malcolm: True--I hadn't thought of that parallel. I suppose the drawback is that a lot of novels read are to escape the drudgery of everyday life. :P

Sonia: It's the first time I'm reading it.

Jemi: I'm trying to get through at least a few of the classics this year/summer; I've covered Farenheit 451, Animal Farm, Catcher in the Rye, and there are others I mean to read . . .

Susan: It's slow work--there's a lot of fighting going on, and Tolstoy is explaining a lot of the military strategy. :P

L.G.: It is rather long!

I've never heard of that book; but it sounds intriguing! I like the title.

Charles: Well, that sounds like a good question!

Great teaser.

Alice: LOL. Glad you liked it. :)

Carole: I've never heard of that book, but it sounds interesting; is it translated as well? It sounds like it was written in another language.

Christine: Thanks! I do intend on putting the book behind me . . . so, even if I don't like it in the end, I can at least say I've read it.

Misha: Thanks!

It's easy to forget things from it; I have trouble keeping some of the characters straight in the middle of it, since he keeps using so many names and places.

The Golden Eagle said...

Cherie: Good--that's what teasers are meant to do, after all. ;)

Medeia: It sounds like it was an interesting course!

Hilary: Yup; it's not a graphic novel or anything, but there are sketches of characters and scenes here and there, maybe ever 50 pages or so. :)

Laila: LOL. I usually am, too; but I don't mind picking up a "classic" now and then.

David: Nah, I don't think so . . . there are many other good books in the world, too. :)

You're welcome!

Talli: Very heavy. I think it weighs over four pounds. :P

Mark: There are a lot of characters, I know that. LOL. But I agree, minor characters can add a lot of depth to a story, and increase the details of the world it's set in.

Alleged: It is big. :P

Theresa: I've read that book! It's a bit amusing (though not my usual cup of tea); what do you think of it? :)

Sharon: Thank you!

I LOVE The Magic Thief! The second book in the series (is the third out yet?) is also quite good. :)