Every Tuesday First Chapter, First Paragraph/Intros is hosted by Vicky of I’d Rather Be at the Beach sharing the first paragraph or two of a book she’s reading or plans to read soon.
Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by The Purple Booker. Post two sentences from somewhere in a book you’re reading. No spoilers, please! List the author and book title too.
My first paragraph this week is from Munich by Robert Harris, which I’m currently reading.
Shortly before one o’clock on the afternoon of Tuesday 27 September 1938, Mr Hugh Legat of His Majesty’s Diplomatic Service was shown to his table beside one of the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Ritz restaurant in London, ordered a half-bottle of 1921 Dom Perignon that he could not afford, folded his copy of The Times to page seventeen and began to read for the third time the speech that had been delivered the night before in Berlin’s Sportpalast by Adolf Hitler.
Here is a teaser from page 99.
The Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain is talking to Legat about the suffering endured through the last war (the First World War):
… Afterwards, whenever I saw a war memorial, or visited one of those vast cemeteries in France where so many dear friends are buried, I always vowed that if ever I was in a position to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again, I would do anything – sacrifice anything – to maintain peace. You understand that?’
September 1938. Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace. The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there. Munich.
As Chamberlain’s plane judders over the Channel and the Fürher’s train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own.
Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain’s private secretaries, Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven’t seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier. Now their paths are destined to cross again as the future of Europe hangs in the balance.
When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?
I’ve read just a few pages on from my teaser and am firmly fixed in the pre-war years and hoping, futilely I know, that Chamberlain would succeed in preventing the coming war. I also want to know more about him. As Harris has portrayed him so far in this book he seems a man out of his time – a Victorian figure – and a man who like Hitler was egocentric, a man who ‘always conflated the national interest with himself.‘ (page 37)
14 thoughts on “My Tuesday Post: Munich by Robert Harris”
The only Robert Harris book I’ve read is Pompeii so I really need to do something about that. The various books you’ve read by him sound excellent so I’ll see what the library has next time I’m there.
I’m very glad you’re drawn into this one, Margaret. I like the writing style very much, and of course, it’s a fascinating topic!
I’m not a fan of this time period but, the intro is quite good. enjoy
This sounds very interesting. I haven’t read anything by that author. This week I am featuring Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl which has languished on TBR mountain for more than seven years. Happy reading!
I seem to be running into this time period a lot lately. It’s interesting, and if this one keeps to the politicians i might enjoy it. The ones that are about soldier are always too tough for me.
I want to say that I’ve read something by this author, but I can’t remember if that is true. In any case, this one sounds very good. Though I might have a bit of disagreement about ‘doing anything, sacrificing anything, to maintain peace’. A noble aim. But sometimes….one has to make a stand. My opinion only of course. 🙂
Lately I’ve been reading and watching a lot about this time period. I’m very fascinated, therefore this book is going on my list. I’m glad you shared it today.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one and like you found myself hoping against hope… the mark of a great writer surely. Hope you continue to enjoy it!
I’ve read a bit of WWII fiction over the past couple of years, and this one does sound tempting. Thanks for sharing…and here’s mine: “BLOOD SISTERS”
I’ve been reading quite a few books recently that take place in this time period. This sounds like another good one.
My Tuesday post features All the Light We Cannot See.
I’ll pass on this. I’m not a fan of that time.
That can be a tough time period to read about. The book sounds like it could be good though. Hope you enjoy it. My teaser is from The Queen of Swords by R.S. Belcher.
This is one I ought to read. You’ve almost convinced me, Margaret, and almost certainly, when your full review is out, you will have totally convinced me!
Sounds great! I love WWII fiction. I’d definitely keep reading and I’m adding this to the toppling TBR.
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