Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays: Virginia and Her Devils

This week I'm reading Michael Cunningham's The Hours, and loving it so far. Just about any passage in the book could provide a wonderful "tease" to tempt would-be readers. This one is truly random and comes from page 167 of the trade paperback edition; and I don't think it's really a spoiler if I say that it's from one of the Virginia Woolf sections:
She is, of course, not alone, not in a way anyone else would recognize, and yet at this moment, walking through wind toward the lights of the Quadrant, she can feel the nearness of the old devil (what else to call it?), and she knows she will be utterly alone if and when the devil chooses to appear again. The devil is a headache; the devil is a voice inside a wall; the devil is a fin breaking through dark waves.
Poor Virginia. She suffered so much for her art, didn't she? But if she hadn't allowed the work to summon her devils, we wouldn't have those wonderful books to read, now would we?

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or participate yourself, head on over to her blog. And these are the rules: Grab your current read; Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) "teaser" sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to share the title of the book that you're getting your "teaser" from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given! Please avoid spoilers!


  1. Sounds deep. Great teaser. Glad to hear you are enjoying the book.

    My teaser is here

  2. I just loved this book, too, and agree that almost every passage would be a good tease!

  3. Now that is a good teaser. Very interesting and one that makes you think.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a good teaser. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.

  5. That's a great teaser, I'm glad you're enjoying this book!

  6. Great teaser. I love the imagery. It made me really interested to read the book.

  7. Thank you for the Virginia Woolf reminder. Brings back great reading memories.

    -Margot at Joyfully Retired


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