Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

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 teasers!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love Tom Robbins and the way he plays with words. He is one I can read and re-read. I have been enjoying (again) his Still Life with Woodpecker. It's on my Kindle, and here is the first sentence of the book in his prologue:

"If this typewriter can't do it, then fuck it, it can't be done."

If that doesn't draw you in, then I don't know what would. Because I cannot "randomly" open a page on my Kindle, I have selected one of my highlights from the book to give you more (yes, it is more than a sentence, dammit):

"Leigh-Cheri sent that message to Bernard through his attorney. The message continued, 'I'm not quite twenty, but, thanks to you, I've learned something that many women these days never learn: Prince Charming really is a toad. And the Beautiful Princess has halitosis. The bottom line is that (a) people are never perfect, but love can be, (b) that is the one and only way that the mediocre and the vile can be transformed and e doing that makes it that. Loving makes love. Loving makes itself. We waste time looking for the perfect lover instead of creating the perfect love. Wouldn't that be the way to make love stay?'

The next day, Bernard's attorney delivered to her this reply:

'Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words, "make" and "stay" become inappropriate. My love for you has not strings attached. I love you for free.'

Leigh-Cheri went out in the blackberries and wept. 'I'll follow him to the ends of the earth,' she sobbed.

Yes, darling. But the earth doesn't have any ends. Columbus fixed that."

Some outstanding Tom Robbins titles - he's not just known for Even Cowgirls Get the Blues - but you could read that too.


Shannon W. said...

His first sentence of the book definitely got my attention. Sounds like an excellent read.

Shannon W. said...

sorry...forgot to leave my blog link.


Natalie said...

I have never read any of these...now you've got me wanting to!

Lady Mama said...

I haven't ever read Tom Robbins, but that first line has me intrigued. I'll have to give him a go!

Middle State/MomZombie said...

I've never read Tom Robbins. Interestingly enough, you are the second person in a week's time to suggest his work. I'm taking that as a sign.

Glen said...

"...for five minutes then stir and cook for another 2 and a half minutes in 850W microwave"

My reading library is in the kitchen cupboards - I just about have time to finish reading before it pings..

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