Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday Intro: You Deserve Nothing


Gilad
24 years old
You live in one place. The next day you live somewhere else. It isn't complicated. You get on a plane. You get off. People are always talking about their home. Their houses. Their neighborhoods. In movies, it's where they came from, where they grew up. The movies are full of that stuff. The street. The block. The diner. Italian movies. Black movies. Jewish movies. Brooklyn or whatever. 
But I never really got that. The streets were never running through my blood. I never loved a house. So, all that nothing-like-home stuff doesn't really register. The way you can be living in one place and then in a few hours you can be living somewhere else, that's what I think about when I think about home. You wake up, do what you do, eat, go to sleep, wake up, eat, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. The same thing for days, months, years and then, one day, you're no longer there. 
People always say how hard it must be to move from place to place. It isn't.
You Deserve Nothing 
by Alexander Maksik

My iPod is working again, so I was finally able to start another audiobook. You Deserve Nothing is the story of a popular teacher at an International School in Paris who will succumb "to a temptation that will change the course of his life. His fall will render him a criminal in the eyes of some and all too human in the eyes of others." It is told by three narrators, the teacher and two students. Once I began listening, I was hooked within twenty minutes. Now I'm curious to see where the story will go.

Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening paragraph(s). Feel free to grab the banner and play along.


16 comments:

  1. I LOVE the sound of this one JoAnn; I'm hooked already. I need to see if I can get it from our library systerm.

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    1. Diane - I hope you can find it! I didn't know much about it before starting, but it is very well done.

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  2. Really interesting start! I need to start listening on IPod also. I just have to figure out how I can be comfortable with things in my ears... But this one sounds good. I love books that you don't have to read a zillion pages before feeling a "pull."

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    1. Rhapsodyinbooks - I hated the earbuds that came with my iPod, but the Sandy suggested buds with earhooks and it"s made a world of difference! Somehow they don't seem as intrusive to me.

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  3. This seems a different way to start a book. I already feel as if I'm in the narrator's head. I want to know more.

    My first paragraph is here: Quirky Girls Read

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    1. Margot - This narrator is one of the 2 students, but you're right. We get into all of their heads...it's a great book so far.

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  4. I am intrigued and would keep on reading!

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    1. Nise' - I don't think you'd regret that decision :-)

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    1. Paulita - I almost saved this for Paris in July, but couldn't resist starting right away.

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  6. Sounds intriguing indeed. I'm curious to know what he does after this. But even just these opening paragraphs, the author has presented a mysterious character, someone who's 'rootless' and therefore, maybe, have nothing much to lose... mmm?

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    1. Arti - Oh, it's definitely intriguing. The character in this opening section is actually one of the two students, and he does seem to be rootless or lost. This is a very compelling story!

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  7. You've got me really curious about this one!

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    1. Stacybuckeye - I hope to finish it this weekend.

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  8. This one sounds great....I have a credit to spend at Audible. This one just may be it!!

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    1. Staci - Just finished this book yesterday. A difficult story, but a truly outstanding production. It's going to be a hard review to write...

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