Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays: After Claude

This week my teaser lines come from Iris Owens' novel After Claude. The book was originally published in 1973 and is being reissued by New York Review Books. (The quote comes from an uncorrected proof of the book, so there might be some differences in the published version.) In this snippet Roger, a slick guru-type, is explaining to Harriet, the book's central character, why she probably wouldn't be a good choice for his "Institute" commune:
"The Institute is hard going, especially for the girls. They are the heart and hands of the Institute. You'd have cooking, farming, cleaning the cabins, and attending with joy to all the needs of the men." [p.201]
Sounds a little like marriage, doesn't it? Well, at least he's honest.

I'll be getting a review of this one up in a few days (the book is due to be released in November). This is the cover on the ARC that I read, and I have to say it gets my vote for ugliest cover of the year. Hope they change it for the published edition.


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by mizB at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in a comment here.

30 comments:

  1. Is the cover of the book a mattress standing up???

    Sounds like marriage... ah... I plead the fifth on that one. Sounds like we were warped back to the 50's and Stepford Wives elite club.

    Come over and Linger at Aisle B. :)

    http://aisleb.tumblr.com/post/1405633756/teaser-tuesday

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  2. The feminist in me is roaring. :D Attending with joy to all the needs of the men... Oh my...

    Here's ours for the week.

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  3. Sounds like a really interesting book! Looking forward to reading the review - you just got yourself a new follower :-)

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  4. Not sure I'd like the commune either. Nice tease. Here's mine.

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  5. I would avoid that commune at all costs. I don't like doing those things for myself. I certainly don't want to do them for some men. Happy reading!

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  6. So where is the part where the men attend joyfully to the needs of the women? I bet that's not part of the rules, somehow. Grrr...good teaser!

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  7. For sure, I would not be accepted into that institute lol.
    CMash

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  8. Oh, my, you're right about that cover! I've noticed that the covers of most ARCs that I read are pretty ugly.

    I like the teaser....

    Here's mine:

    http://rainysnowday.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/teaser-tuesdays-oct-26/

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  9. Wow, what an outdated attitude. I'd laugh at my hubby if he told me that :)

    The Bookish Snob - Shades of Desire by LM Pruitt

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  10. "attending with joy to all the needs of the men.” *snort* Not in my house ;)

    Have to agree on the ugly cover. Hope the final copy has something more appealing.

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  11. Not my type of books. But, I hope that you enjoy it. Check out my MY Teaser For Tuesday. Happy Reading.

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  12. I agree the cover doesn't sell the book, but, I am looking forward to reading your review. That will help me decide if it goes on my wish list.

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  13. Oh wow... that cover is terrible! I'll look for your review anyway!

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  14. What kind of institute is this?

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  15. Is this some sort of cult? Joyfully attending to the needs of the men indeed!

    Here's mine: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/10/teaser-tuesdays_26.html#comments

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  16. Or maybe it's his commune that's a poor choice for women. What do they get out of it? At least in a marriage there can be love.

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  17. Sounds like great women's lit.

    http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2010/10/teaser-time_25.html

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  18. The needs of men?? *hmpf*
    Whats this book about?
    My teaser is below..
    - Dee, from e-Volving Books

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  19. LOL - I think I'd be running in the opposite direction. Thanks for visiting me.

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  20. Yeesh, how off-putting. I hope you enjoy this, at least.

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  21. LOL -- definitely sounds like marriage, and you're right about that cover. Definitely one of the ugliest I've seen. Thanks for visiting!

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  22. I already don't like Roger nor the institute. i'm curious about the character so on the my list this title goes. Thanks.
    Su-sieee! Mac
    This and That. Here and There. Now, Sometimes Then.

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  23. Don't think I'd be asking to join that institute.
    Great teaser.

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  24. Very interesting teaser. Just those three sentences got a rise out of me! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  25. Great teaser! My teaser from Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires) is here.
    xx,
    E.J.
    From the Shadows

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  26. Hmm, if Harriet doesn't fit into the "Institute's" mold then I have to say I think she's the kind of MC that I would like! Excellent teaser. Thanks for looking in on mine!

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  27. Interesting teaser, but you are soooo right about that cover. Ick!

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  28. I agree...what a terrible cover!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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