Friday, July 22, 2011

First Chapter - How Does It Speak To You?

The opening chapter of a book is always huge for a really is your first introduction into the world you will be immersing yourself in for the duration of the book. I started Inkheart by Cornelia Funke yesterday (the trilogy is our August book club selection) and I was completely taken with it right taken, that I wanted to share. I think all of us readers will identify with it!

Rain fell that night, a fine, whispering rain. Many years later, Meggie had only to close her eyes and she could still hear it, like tiny fingers tapping on the windowpane. A dog barked somewhere in the darkness, and however often she tossed and turned Meggie couldn't get to sleep.

The book she had been reading was under her pillow, pressing its cover against her ear as if to lure her back into its printed pages. "I'm sure it must be very comfortable sleeping with a hard, rectangular thing like that under your head," her father had teased the first time he found a book under her pillow. "Go on, admit it, the book whispers its story to you at night."

"Sometimes, yes," Meggie had said. "But it only works for children." Which made Mo tweak her nose. Mo. Meggie had never called her father anything else.

That night - when so much began and so many things changed forever - Meggie had one of her favorite books under her pillows, and since the rain wouldn't let her sleep she sat up, rubbed the drowsiness from her eyes, and took it out. Its pages rustled promisingly when she opened it. Meggie thought this first whisper sounded a little different from one book to another, depending on whether or not she already knew the story it was going to tell her.

Isn't that awesome?

1 comment:

  1. I woke up the other day and discovered I'd been sleeping on a magazine, and my cat loves to use books as pillows (and chew toys).