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Teaser Tuesdays: The Presidential Edition

January 20, 2009

Today’s teaser is from the book “Ambling into History: the unlikely odyssey of George W. Bush by Frank Bruni. I thought I would read something presidential since the inauguration┬áis this week.

In this chapter Bruni is writing about the hardships of following a candidate on the campaign trail. In this passage he is covering smoking. Here it is:

“On three occasions, several of us lit up only a few yards from the campaign plane — we had just been in the air, and deprived, for two or three hours — and were threatened by airport officials with $10,000 penalites. It was apparently not a good idea to strike matches or play with any kind of fire on a tarmac, around all that jet fuel. Who knew?” — Ambling into History, by Frank Bruni, page 192.

This book has been very funny. Bruni has a great sense of humor and it is making this book a great read. The book┬áis primarily about the 2000 presidential elections told from the point of view of a reporter following President Bush (then governor Bush) around during the election. I can’t wait to finish it!


Teaser Tuesdays: “The Night Trilogy” by Elie Wiesel

January 13, 2009

Thanks to MizB at Should be Reading for hosting Teaser Tuesday! Here’s mine:

“I saw the legs running like frightened rabbits and I found myself utterly hateful. I remembered the dreaded SS guards in the Polish ghettos.” From: The Night Trilogy: Dawn, by Elie Wiesel, page 165.

Oh, if only I could post the rest of that paragraph! What a heartbreaking, and thought-provoking paragraph it is.

Teaser Tuesdays: “The Silmarillion”

January 6, 2009

This event is hosted by MizB, and the rules are simple. Here is brief, tantalizing snippet from the book I’m reading, The Silmarillion, by JRR Tolkien:

“Now the phalanx of the guard of the King broke through the ranks of the Orcs, and Turgon hewed his way to the side of his brother; and it is told that the meeting of Turgon with Hurin, who stood beside Fingon, was glad in the midst of battle. Then hope was renewed in the hearts of the Elves; and in that very time, at the third hour of morning, the trumpets of Maedhros were heard at last coming up from the east, and the banners of the sons of Feanor assailed the enemy in the rear.” The Silmarillion, by JRR Tolkien, p. 192.

I was surprised at how good this book is, (though it’s very slow reading) once you get into the stories of the “Quenta Silmarillion”. If you approach the book as if you are reading a book of history and legends, then it really helps in understanding, although it is difficult to keep a lot of the names straight. I’m about half way through so far!