First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros

First chapterEvery Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, to share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book she is reading or thinking about reading soon.

This week I’m featuring a book that I’ve known about for many years, but have never read until now. It is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and although I haven’t finished it yet it’s promising to be one of the best books I’ve read for a long time. Although she had written some long short stories before this was her first novel (and only novel!) and published in 1960 it became an immediate best seller.

It begins:

When he was nearly thirteen my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. When it healed, and Jem’s fears of never being able to play football were assuaged, he was seldom self-conscious about his injury. His left arm was somewhat shorter than his right ; when he stood or walked the back of his hand was at right-angles to his body, his thumb parallel to his thigh. He couldn’t have cared less, so long as he could pass and punt.

When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident. I maintain that the Ewells started it all, but Jem, who was four years my senior, said it began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out.

I’m not writing any more about it right now – not until I’ve finished it (less than 100 pages from the end) – except that it has captured my imagination completely and given me plenty to think about!

15 thoughts on “First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros”

  1. I’ve read this book many times, and still enjoyed the opening paragraphs immensely. Made me want to drop everything and reread it. The voice of Scout is one of the most sincerely sweet voices in literature.

    Looking forward to your post on it when you finish, and yes, it provides so much to think about and talk about.

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  2. One of my all-time favourite books, and also one of my all-time favourite films. I envy you – I’d love to be able to experience reading it for the first time again…

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  3. I hand my head in shame and admit that I have never read this either. This, ‘Grapes of Wrath’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’ all classics that every American child must know but which I’ve simply never got round to.

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    1. Oh dear, I know I haven’t read of Mice and Men’, but have I read €˜Grapes of Wrath’ or was it ‘The Catcher in the Rye? I’ve read one of them years ago!!

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  4. There is a reason why some books are classics for all time. You’ve reminded me how much i loved it all those years ago and that I should re read it.

    Thank you

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  5. This book would absolutely have to be on any list of my favorite all-time novels. The characters have stuck with me all my life. Miracle of miracles, the movie was excellent as well. I’m so glad you are reading and enjoying it.

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