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.
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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