I Am A Strange Loop / Infidel / The Graveyard Book / Where The Wild Things WereI Am A Strange Loop
, by Douglas Hofstadter. Opening paragraph:One gloomy day in early 1991, a couple months after my father died, I was standing in the kitchen of my parents' house, and my mother, looking at a sweet and touching photograph of my father taken perhaps fifteen years earlier, said to me, with a note of despair, "What meaning does that photograph have? None at all. It's just a flat piece of paper with dark spots on it here and there. It's useless." The bleakness of my mother's grief-drenched remark set my head spinning because I knew instinctively that I disagreed with her, but I did not quite know how to express to her the way I felt the photograph should be considered.Infidel
, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Opening paragraph:"Who are you?" "I am Ayaan, daughter of Hirsi, the son of Magan." I am sitting with my grandmother on a grass mat under the talal tree. Behind us is our house, and the branches of the talal tree are all that shields us from the sun blazing down on the white sand. "Go on," my grandmother says, glaring at me.The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman. Opening paragraph:There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife. The knife had a handle of polished black bone, and a blade finer and sharper than any razor. If it sliced you, you might not even know you had been cut, not immediately.Where The Wild Things Were
, by William Stolzenburg. Opening paragraph:On the northernmost tip of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, in a wild and lonely little crescent of shore called Mukkaw Bay, ocean meets land in a crash of wind and wave against craggy rock, geysers of salt spray erupting into brooding skies. Mukkaw Bay is the sort of place to imagine the Romantic philosopher, hair swept crazy by the gales, pondering the epic clash of titanic forces. And so in a sense it came to be, when in the summer of 1963 a young farsighted ecologist happened upon the place with a few pressing curiosities regarding the vital struggle between predator and prey.
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