1st Paragraph

I decided since it takes me so long to read books during the school year, I’d start posting something at the beginning of ever book, instead of just the end.  So from now on I’ll provide the first paragraph of whatever new piece I am reading, in case that should capture someone enough to try the book.  Here is the first from the novel I just began, Matthew Pearl’s The Dante Club.

The Dante Club

By Matthew Pearl

“John Kurtz, the chief of the Boston police, breathed in some of his heft for a better fit between the two chambermaids.  On one side, the Irish woman who had discovered the body was blubbering and wailing prayers unfamiliar (because they were Catholic) and unitelligible (because she was blubbering) that prickled the hair in Kurtz’s ear; on the other side was her soundless and despairing niece.  The parlor had a wide arrangement of chairs and couches, but the women had squeezed in next to the guest as they waited.  He had to concentrate on not spilling any of his tea, the black haircloth divan was rattling so hard with their shock.”

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