04 September, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (89)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading and is a weekly, bookish meme; and I'm afraid this time you're back to boring old me after C. Lee McKenzie posted her fabulous teasers last week.

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 The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré, sequel to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and part of the Karla Trilogy. Spy novels are not my typical reads of choice, but I really like le Carré's writing style: It's dense, complicated, and the wording is unusual, and I just love moving through it slowly, paying attention to the details. You really have to do that, too, because each sentence means something. I re-read a scene I'd sort of skimmed when I was in a hurry and got a completely different impression of what was going on.


Meanwhile, sometimes with Guillam for company, sometimes with silent Fawn to baby-sit, Smiley conducted his own dark peregrinations and marched till he was half dead with tiredness. And, still without reward, kept marching.
-p. 56

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What are you reading now? Got a teaser to share? Read anything lately that's unusual compared to the genres you normally check out?


-----The Golden Eagle

37 comments:

mooderino said...

I've read a couple of Le Carres and found them a little hard going but they sort of slowly grip you.

mood
Moody Writing

Susan Roebuck said...

Here you go:
1. Ferro was lean and tough as a bowstring, but that just meant she could walk in circles a little longer before pitching on her face.

2. The mace missed his shoulder by an inch as he rolled across the table, cracked one of the big flat stones on the floor, split it down the middle, chips flying in the air.

That's from The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie - action-packed and written with a great, often funny, voice.

SA Larsenッ said...

Ooh, each sentence means something. Got to love a read like that!

Juli Rahel said...

I still haven't read anything by LeCarre and I really want to. From the teaser you really get a sense of his writing style and I like it! Thanks for sharing :)
My Teaser
Juli @ Universe in Words

Kathy Martin said...

Very intense teaser. I haven't read LeCarre for years. My teasers this week are from Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan and Taking Charge by Mandy Baggot. Happy reading!

JeffO said...

Haven't read any LeCarre in quite some time. My current, unusual read is Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood", but I put it down somewhere and can't find it. Which is bad. So I'll pull from what's next on my list: "About Schmidt", from Louis Begley. Page 77: She did not have the look of someone about to cross the street. Did that mean she was waiting for a ride?

laughingwolf said...

from diana wynne jones': howl's moving castle

Sophie looked at the uneasy green flickers which were all she could see of Calcifer. "Is it the Witch?"

p.194

"No," said Calcifer, muffled among his logs. "It's the castle door. Someone must be running along beside us. We're going quite fast."

p.195

Old Kitty said...

My goodness Golden Eagle! Guess what I'm reading!!

"The Constant Gardener by le Carr"!

Yay! Take care
x

Connie Keller said...

I've read TTSS, but not the sequel. I should add it to my TBR list. I love his dense style too.

I'm reading The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton. It started a bit slow, but then...wow. If you're a fan of Downton Abbey, this is a book for you.

Shelly said...

I'm reading She Who Hunts by CL Parks.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

http://www.shellysnovicewritings.blogspot.com/

Pat Hatt said...

Haven't read LeCarre at all, not sure dense would be my cup of tea. But you never know.

Jay Noel said...

VERY unusual words. Like "peregrinations?" That would personally kind of bother me. I like writing that flows, and words like "peregrinations" is like throwing a cinderblock in the middle of the flow.

M.J. Fifield said...

I've never read any LeCarre. I love spy movies but I always have trouble getting through spy novels. Apparently, I need to give it another go.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm reading Slavegirl of Noomas and Two of a Kind, but don't have either book handy as I'm posting this.

Janet Johnson said...

Interesting. I haven't read any of his work. I'm not sure he sounds like my style, but your description of his work intrigues me. :)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Boy that's a rather plain cover. "Let's just fill this up with text" and save a bundle!

Lydia Kang said...

Got no teaser right now, but I love reading others on TT! This one sounds pretty great. :)

Maurice Mitchell said...

Sounds like an amazing novel. I'll have to get the first one sometime.

Bess Weatherby said...

"Marched til he was half dead with tiredness."

What a great turn of phrase. I just finished a book, about to start a new one, but I can't tease until I start reading!

Krispy said...

Hmm, interesting! I also had no idea Tinker, Tailor...had sequels! I wanted to see the movie and read the book but haven't had time to get to it.

I just finished a book (Something Strange & Deadly), so I have no teaser. But thanks for sharing yours!

Mikazuki said...

That's an awesome sentence! Quite intense. :)

Elaine Smith said...

I love the marching rhythm of John le Carré's writing.

I'm reading (nearly finished) Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling

Cherie Reich said...

I have quite a few Le Carres, but I haven't had a chance to read any of them.

Here's my TT.

Jemi Fraser said...

My dad loved LeCarre's stuff! I haven't read it myself, but I will one of these days! :)

Arlee Bird said...

John Le Carre is classic. Right now I'm reading the Gravity series by Cherie Reich.


Lee
Tossing It Out

Brinda said...

I don't think I've ever read this author. I may have to venture into this genre to try him. I'm reading Hero (YA by Perry Moore).

DWei said...

Hey I can finally participate in one of these! Awesome.

From "A Feast of Crows" from the Game of Thrones series:

"No one has ever tried to eat my worm before," he said. "Are you hungry child?"

Yes, she thought, but not for food.

Susan Fields said...

Right now I'm beta reading for a workshop I'm going to in a couple of weeks, so I've been reading some middle grade, which is really unusual for me.

The Desert Rocks said...

half dead with tiredness? I can relate. Great quote!

Trisha said...

Currently I'm reading my friend Michael's NaNoWriMo novel that he sent me a copy of. It's so fun :)

Belle said...

I love the quote from John le Carre. I had to look up peregrinations and it was well worth it.

"She inhaled the grains of the narcotic that a rich, glamorous, titled man can be and in turn exuded her own allure, the scent of a young woman beginning to own herself - the ultimate tool of seduction."

"The Paper Garden" by Molly Peacock. I didn't expect to find such beautiful writing in this book about a woman who lived in the 1700s.

Jai Joshi said...

The "marching" repetition was powerful.

Jai

Deepali said...

Oh I must admire someone who uses the word Peregrination in a sentence! Haven't read Le Carre since I stopped leafing through my grandfather's collection :)

Thanks for visiting my teaser at www.readseverything.blogspot.in :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Golden Eagle - John le Carre has always defeated me ... and even the recent film did ... yet I gleaned something from it. Now reading your thoughts on his books will make me look again ... I did write a post about the film though as it resonated with a part of my life re Eastern Europe ...

Great post - enjoyed this .. cheers Hilary

Bonnee Crawford said...

Sounds like a good read.

The Golden Eagle said...

Mood: That's how I felt when reading Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I wasn't sure I'd like it all when I started, but it grew on me.

Susan: Sounds like there's a lot of adventure in that book! Great teasers. :)

SA: I always enjoy them. It makes me think more than books where I can skim or skip ahead and still understand or guess at what's going on.

Juli: You're very welcome! :)

Kathy: I'm going through a spurt of them right now; I do that with authors I like.

JeffO: Hope you find your book! That is an unusual read.

Interesting teaser! The character/narrator sounds perceptive; I like that.

Laughingwolf: Love that book. :) Sophie is one of my favorite female protagonists and Jones' universe is fascinating; I thought the sequels/companions to Howl's Moving Castle were also quite good.

Old Kitty: Awesome! :) That's a great coincidence.

Connie: There's a third book, too: Smiley's People.

I've never watched Downton Abbey. I do like British fiction, though, so maybe I'll check out The Buccaneers.

Shelly: Never heard of the book or author; do you like it?

Pat: Maybe it would be!

Jay: True, he does use some big vocabulary words, and I've had to look things up. But I'm a fan of complicated writing like that. :P

M.J.: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a really good book--though there are probably more recent spy novels that move faster and might appeal to a movie-goer more. Just my opinion, of course.

Charles: Interesting titles!

Janet: I've enjoyed what I've read of le Carrè's work, but yeah, his style is unusual.

Michael: They did that for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People, too. I think it kind of fits the trilogy, actually, though it doesn't pop out at you like other overs.

Lydia: I really like it so far. :)

Maurice: I recommend it!

Bess: Funny how often Teaser Tuesday lands on days when people are between books! :P

The Golden Eagle said...

Krispy: Yup, it does. :) And you're welcome for the teaser!

Mikazuki: The whole book has sentences like that; intense (though it is mostly telling on the part of the author).

Elaine: Me, too. :)

I love the title of that book!

Cherie: Hope you get the chance to read them sometime. I really liked the first book of his I read and The Honourable Schoolboy is great so far.

Jemi: I hope you enjoy it! :)

Lee: The blogosphere's own? Awesome!

Brinda: Haven't heard of that YA book before. Do you like it?

DWei: Great to see teasers from you! :)

Creepy teaser. I wonder what she's hungry for . . . doesn't sound promising.

Susan: I don't often read MG, either. Though they're fun to check out now and then.

The Desert Rocks: I think we've all felt that way at some point!

Trisha: Good to hear. :)

Belle: I had to look it up, too, when I first read the sentence!

Intriguing teaser. That's great writing--I've never heard of the book, but it sounds like a worthwhile read.

Jai: He does that a lot. It's an interesting writing technique.

Deepali: Me, too. :)

Enjoying stopping by!

Hilary: I'll have to check out your post about the film. Though I haven't seen it.

Bonnee: I really like it. :)