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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (February 13)

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Vicky from I’d Rather Be At The Beach who posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

This week my opener comes from Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton which is one of the books on my Classics Club list.


‘He seemed a part of the mute melancholy landscape, an incarnation of its frozen woe, with all that was warm and sentient in him fast bound below the surface’

Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious and hypochondriac wife, Zeena. But when Zeena’s vivacious cousin enters their household as a ‘hired girl’, Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to represent. In one of American fiction’s finest and most intense narratives, Edith Wharton moves this ill-starred trio towards their tragic destinies. Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.
If you know Starkfield, Massachusetts, you know the post-office. If you know the post-office you must have seen Ethan Frome drive up to it, drop the reins on his hollow-backed bay and drag himself across the brick pavement to the white colonnade: and you must have asked who he was.

Well I’m not sure how much of a taste you get from that but I know I’m looking forward to the tragic destiny part!

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

37 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (February 13)

  1. I’ve had this one on the shelves for years. I read one Wharton novel years ago and now I can’t even remember if it was Age of Innocence or House of Mirth. I’ve been meaning to return to her one day but that day has not yet materialised….


  2. I keep saying I must read more classics but this has never really been one that appeals. I do quite like that opening though so maybe if you give it a glowing review I’ll give it a try 😀


  3. Well, I can tell that this one wouldn’t be for me, but I hope you enjoy it. I just can’t get into many of the classics, unless they involve solving a crime. LOL


  4. You know, I don’t think I’ve ever read this, but I’m not altogether sure! 🙂 if I did it was in high school. Maybe when you review it, that will jog my memory! I know I read House of Mirth and Age of Innocence and loved them.


  5. Such wonderful writing. You recognize an author’s talent when they keep you focused even when nothing really exciting is happening. I think I have a copy of this in the guest bedroom. Another gem hidden away that I need to read.


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