Friday, February 13, 2015

Beginning ~ with a new phone


The Lower River ~ by Paul Theroux, 2012, fiction (Malawi)
Ellis Hock's wife gave him a new phone for his birthday.  A smart phone, she said.  "And guess what?"  She had a coy, ham- actress way of offering presents, often pausing with a needy wink to get his full attention.  "It's going to change your life."  Hock smiled because he was turning sixty-two, not an age of life-altering shocks but only of subtle diminishments.
Interesting first lines, especially since I've already posted the book's summary when I got it from the library.  That means I know his wife leaves him, and he goes back to the village in Malawi where he served happily in the Peace Corps.  I wonder if the new phone contributed to the break-up of their marriage.

Coincidence?

After activating my new cell phone on Thursday evening, I flipped open this book to the first page so I could schedule this to post one minute after midnight.  Imagine my surprise to see that the protagonist gets a new phone in the very first sentence.  It made me smile.  How many of you recently got a new phone?


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5 comments:

Juli Rahel said...

This sounds like a really interesting read. Sometimes I think it's a bit of a shame when the synopsis of a book "ruins" the first few chapters in which the plot is being set up. I'm thinking I should pick this one up because I want to read more Africa-centric literature! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
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Katherine P said...

That's a funny coincidence about the phones! I've had mine for about a year but I don't think I'll be replacing it for awhile - at least another year. It is fun to get a new one though. All the new features and everything!

Kathy Martin said...

Sounds interesting! I have an old, not-so-smart that meets my needs. I was curious because the protagonist and I are about the same age. Happy reading!

Anne Bennett said...

I did get a new iPhone a few weeks back. I am delighted to see a book out of Africa. Is the author African? Anne@My Head is Full of Books

Elizabeth said...

That is funny about the phone.

The book sounds good.

ENJOY!!!

Have a great weekend.

Elizabeth
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