Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays - June 16

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading.  Anyone can play along!  Here's how it works:
-grab your current read
-open to a random page
-share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page (avoid spoilers!)
-be sure to include title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their tbr lists if they like your teaser

My teaser:

The Ransomes had been burgled.  "Robbed," Mrs. Ransome said.  "Burgled," Mr. Ransome corrected.  Premises were burgled; persons were robbed.  Mr. Ransome was a solicitor by profession and thought words mattered.    (pg. 3)

by Alan Bennett

I loved The Uncommon Reader and had to try more of Bennett's work.  I'm listening to The Clothes They Stood Up In  on CD.  It is read by the author and is such fun to listen to!  I cheated a little on the teaser though - these are the opening lines.

21 comments:

  1. As a poet I too think words are important. Did you know I write poetry on my other blog? Just click on my name to reach other!

    Tuesdays: Teasers/Whereabouts

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  2. Now that is an interesting open. I loved The Uncommon Reader and I think I will have to look for this one too.

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  3. Great teaser. I would say robbed.

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  4. Haha, I love this teaser! I would say "robbed" too. I've never used "burgled". I didn't even know it could be a verb. I think saying robbed is easier to pronounce then burgled.

    Thank you for the teaser! =)

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  5. I love the word burgled! Sounds like a fun read.

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  6. So glad that you're enjoying the story JoAnn! It certainly has a bit of everything to offer. That bit near the beginning about the toilet and the concert program had me in absolute hysterics!

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  7. Too funny and great opening lines. I will have to check this author out.

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  8. Gautami - Thanks for pointing me toward your poetry blog - it's wonderful!

    Fleurfisher - I highly recommend this, especially if you're already a fan of Bennett's writing.

    Nise' - Robbed is what I'd say, too!

    Linda Ellen - Burgled is not a word I've used either!

    Zetor - This book is great fun!

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  9. I love this one. I love rather officious characters who go around making that sort of linguistic corrections at people. It really amuses me, even if I'd be gritting my teeth around such a person in real life.

    Great teaser. My own is at Bookishgal.

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  10. Stacybuckeye - I love the way 'burgled' sounded on the CD. I don't think I'd ever heard any one say it before.

    Darlene - It was on your blog that I first heard of this book. I laughed until I cried when I got to that part...I still chuckle just thinking about it!

    Crystal - This author is not to be missed! I loved The Uncommon Reader, too. Thanks for visiting.

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  11. Phyl - If you enjoy that type of character (as I do), then Mr. Ransome is your man! This book is such fun. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Hi! Nice to meet you! :)

    Here's mine:

    http://tjbook-list.blogspot.com/2009/06/blog-meme-teaser-tuesdays-16th-june.html

    Take care,

    Sassy
    :)

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  13. The cover is a tease as well! I am going to search for this book. :)

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  14. Me, again! Just to let you know...

    that today is WHAT'S ON YOUR DESK WEDNESDAY? on my blog. I hope you can join in with the fun, but please don’t feel any pressure to do so. If you don’t have time to do it today, there is always next Wednesday! Do pop by to take a look at mine...I have things LIVING on my desk! LOL

    Here is my WHAT’S ON YOUR DESK WEDNESDAY?

    Take care, and have fun!

    Sassy Brit ☺

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  15. JoAnn, I requested this from the library after your previous mention and it's available to collect. Your quote, its opening line, makes me want to start reading it immediately!

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  16. Matt - I love that cover, too!

    Sassy Brit - That's a fun idea for a meme!

    Paperback Reader - That opening line does kind of grab you, doesn't it? I hope you enjoy is as much as I did!

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  17. This book sounds like a riot! I love sarcasm, if that's the right term to apply here; anyway, I'm going to look for it.

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  18. Thanks, and in my haste, I forgot to say that your teaser makes the book sound a right laugh!

    Take care,

    Sassy
    :)

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  19. I loved the Uncommon Reader..didn't realize he had a new one out!! Great teasers!!!

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  20. Bellezza - Sarcasm, wit - whatever it is, it's really fun! Have you read The Uncommon Reader? I'm sure you'd like that, too.

    Staci - Now I'm searching for more of Bennett's work again. There's actually quite a bit on amazon - plays, essays...

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