Tuesday Intro: The Little Red Chair

imageThis week, I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week I’m reading The Little Red Chair by Edna O’Brien, who I’ve never read before but always thought I should have done. Here’s what it’s about…

imageWhen a wanted war criminal, masquerading as a healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community are in thrall. One woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell and in this searing novel, Edna O’Brien charts the consequence of that fatal attraction. This is a story about love, the artifice of evil and the terrible necessity of accountability in our shatter

And here’s how it starts…

The dirt of his travels, Gilgamesh washed from his hair, all the soiled garments he cast them off, clean new clothes he put on, about him now wrapped, clinging to him was a cloak with a fringe, his sparkling sash fastened it. 

The town takes its name from the river.  The current, swift and dangerous, surges with a manic glee, chunks of wood and logs of ice borne along in its trail.  In the small sidings where water is trapped, stones, blue, black and purple, shine up out of the river bed, perfectly smoothed and rounded and it is as though seeing a clutch of good-sized eggs in a bucket of water. The noise is deafening.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?




    • It seems to be on a lot of people’s lists and I have high hopes. Having to concentrate though so might not have been the best book for this week!


  1. The blurb appeals and this one is actually on my wishlist already. But… ugh! I hate that first sentence so much! And the next bit isn’t much better! I read it before really registering what book it was, and assumed it was a debut from someone who was dramatically over-writing. I’ll be intrigued to hear what you think of the whole thing…


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