28 April 2009

Where Are You? / Teaser Tuesday (April 28)

When I was little and basking in the love of my father and his friends, I never imagined that I would someday be in Italy watching my fellow Canadians die of horrific battle wounds despite my best nursing skills. The war is over, and my regiment has moved on, but I cannot leave the burned man. I stay behind and care for him; I'm alone with Englishman for many months. One day, I look up and a man is walking down the hall: Caravaggio.

For more Where Are You? answers, visit Raidergirl3 at An Adventure in Reading.

MizB at Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesdays. Here's how it works: Grab your current read; let the book fall open to a random page; and share 2 “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. For more teasers, click on through to MizB's blog.

Moments before sleep are when she feels most alive, leaping across fragments of the day, bringing each moment into the bed with her like a child with schoolbooks and pencils. The day seems to have no order until these times, which are like a ledger for her, her body full of stories and situations. (pp. 35–36)

—Both from The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje


Marie 4/28/09, 6:40 AM  

Oh I am so jealous. The English Patient is one of my all-time favorite novels. Incredible. Enjoy it!

Sandy Nawrot 4/28/09, 6:42 AM  

This was a phenomenal movie. I would love to read the novel. I will put it on my list!

Beth F 4/28/09, 6:46 AM  

Marie: I am only on page 50 or so, but I'm already blown away by the writing.

Sandy: I actually hated the movie. But the book is another thing altogether.

Melody 4/28/09, 6:47 AM  

I still haven't read or watch this! I look forward to reading your review on it soon.

"Confuzzled" Shannon 4/28/09, 6:48 AM  

I have never seen or read the English Patient. Interesting...

Beth F 4/28/09, 6:56 AM  

Melody & Shannon: I think I might have liked the movie better if I had first read the book. But the book is not to be missed. (I've read not quite a third of the book.)

farmlanebooks 4/28/09, 8:03 AM  

Beth - I'm pleased to hear that you didn't like the movie, but love the book. I thought The English Patient was one of the slowest, most tedious films I've ever bothered to watch all the way through! I was really worried about having to read the book (It won the Booker, so it is on my must read list) but I'm looking forward to reading your review now!

stacybuckeye 4/28/09, 8:22 AM  

"one of the slowest, most tedious films I've ever bothered to watch all the way through." :)
I agree with farmalane books and you, Beth. I'm glad that the book is better (it would have to be).

Beth F 4/28/09, 8:23 AM  

Jackie / Farm Lane: I was beginning to think that my husband and I were the only people on earth who thought the movie was slow and boring. The book (so far) is all about the writing for me. It took me until page 40 or so to get fully into it, I was skeptical but now so happy I'm reading it.

Beth F 4/28/09, 8:25 AM  

Stacy: await my review later in the week. I'll tell you what I really think.

Julie P. 4/28/09, 8:31 AM  

I'm reading this right now too, and I have to agree that the beauty of the writing is my draw right now.

Margot 4/28/09, 9:25 AM  

Based on your teaser, it sounds like an old-fashioned, romantic story. I haven't seen the movie or read the book so I'm not sure. But good writing is good writing. I look forward to your review.

Book Bird Dog 4/28/09, 9:33 AM  

I actually liked the movie. Haven't tried the book! Here's my tease from a book that has more action and dialogue.

Beth F 4/28/09, 10:01 AM  

Julie: the writing is amazing.

Margot: I'm not exactly sure yet if it is a love story.

Book Bird: The movie won all sorts of awards, so somebody loved it!

Alice Teh 4/28/09, 10:07 AM  

The English Patient is a beautiful book. I've enjoyed it so much. Thanks for the teaser!

Gentle Reader 4/28/09, 10:13 AM  

I just loved The English Patient! Great teaser :) I actually liked the movie, but I agree with the "slow" part!

bookbabie 4/28/09, 10:21 AM  

Very writerly,now I'm trying to remember if I read the book as well as saw the movie, hmmm?

Nely 4/28/09, 10:23 AM  

I've always wanted to read The English Patient. (sighs)

Beth F 4/28/09, 10:25 AM  

Alice and Gentle Reader: I think I'm going to love it.

BookBabie: if you haven't read it, you're in for a treat.

Nely: put it on that ever-growing list!

kaye 4/28/09, 10:33 AM  

sounds like a lovely read

I am here

Ladytink_534 4/28/09, 11:17 AM  

I haven't read The English Patient before! Sounds like it could be a moving yet depressing read though...

Here's mine!

Dorte H 4/28/09, 4:16 PM  

Oh, one of these books I know I should read. I have watched the film, but that doesn´t count. Michael Ondaatje is a writer I know I ought to read as an English teacher.

Scobberlotcher 4/28/09, 9:58 PM  

one of my all time favorite books and novelists. Have you also read Anil's Ghost? Just wonderful.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle 4/29/09, 12:30 AM  

This is one of those books I've always wanted to pick up. Thanks for the great teaser!!

Here's my Teaser! ~ Wendi

Beth F 4/29/09, 6:29 AM  

Kaye: the language and writing are amazing.

Ladytink: I'll let you know if it is depressing overall.

Dorte: Yes, you're probably right -- an English teacher should probably give Ondaatje a go.

Scobberlotcher/Karen: This is it and I don't think he's going to become a favorite.

Wendi: It's worth picking up. I'll post a full review this weekend.

Tonya 4/29/09, 9:14 AM  

I never read this or saw the movie but it looks wonderful in your post!

Here's mine: http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/2009/04/where-are-you-and-teaser-42909.html

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