First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday is hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea – it’s is a weekly meme where you share the first paragraph (or two) from a book you are considering reading.
I picked out The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon on the basis of the creative writing (and reading this great review). It’s about a girl who is largely illiterate. As a result, there is little punctuation used. Will that make my eyes bleed? See how you go with the first paragraph –
“this is my book and i am writing it by my own hand. in this year of lord eighteen hundred and thirty one i am reached the age of fifteen and i am sitting by my window and i can see many things. i can see birds and they fill the sky with their cries. i can see the trees and i can see the leaves. and each leaf has veins which run down it. and the bark of each tree has cracks. i am not very tall and my hair is the colour of milk. my name is mary and i have learned to spell it. m. a. r. y. that is how you letter it.”
Could I hack a whole book written in this style? I don’t know. Buy it or bin it?