‘First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday’ is hosted by ‘Bibliophile By The Sea’. Each week, I’ll share with you the first paragraph of a novel I’m currently reading or want to read in the future.
This week’s paragraph is from ‘The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet’ by David Mitchell:
‘The House of Kawasemi the Concubine, above Nagasaki’. The Ninth Night of the Fifth Month.
‘Miss Kawasemi?’ Orito kneels on a stale and sticky futon. ‘Can you hear me?’
In the rice paddy beyond the garden, a cacophony of frogs detonates. Orito dabs the concubine’s sweat-drenched face with a damp cloth.
‘She’s barely spoken,’ the maid holds the lamp ‘for hours and hours…’
‘Miss Kawasemi, my name’s Aibagawa. I’m a midwife. I want to help.’
Kawasemi’s eyes flicker open. She manages a frail sigh. Her eyes shut. She is too exhausted, Orito thinks, even to fear dying tonight.’
Would you continue reading?