Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays: The Sense of an Ending

This week, my teaser lines come from The Sense of an Ending, this year's Booker Prize winner by Julian Barnes. It's a beautifully written book and I'm really enjoying it. This excerpt comes from pp. 24-25 -- and as usual, it's more than a couple of lines (sorry). Oh, and when the narrator says "back then," he's talking about the 1960s:
I'd better explain what the concept of "going out" with someone meant back then, because time has changed it....Back in "my day"...this is what used to happen: you met a girl, you were attracted to her, you tried to ingratiate yourself, you would invite her to a couple of social events -- for instance, the pub -- then ask her out on her own, then again, and after a good-night kiss of variable heat, you were somehow, officially, "going out" with her. Only when you were semi-publicly committed did you discover what her sexual policy might be. And sometimes this meant her body would be as tightly guarded as a fisheries exclusion zone.

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 your comment here.


  1. Oh, I like this one. Thanks, Joy, and it definitely needed to be a bit longer.

    Do I ever remember "back then"!

    Here's MY TT POST and

  2. Now I am sure I am going to enjoy this one! It is going on my Christmas wish list right now.

  3. I think I'd read on. He sounds interesting.

  4. Great teaser, Joy. Cannot say I have heard of this book.

  5. Sounds interesting, I'm definitely teased.

    My TT

  6. Excellent teaser! Sounds like a good book.

  7. I haven't heard of this one before. Great teaser.

    Here's mine:

  8. That's a pretty cool teaser... like it a lot.

  9. Good teaser. This book is grabbing my attention today.


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