Teaser Tuesdays: The Stronger Sex by Hans Werner Kettenbach, trans. by Anthea Bell

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is a fascinating book that I’m happy to be reading in order to write a review for Shelf Awareness. Quite at random, on page 97, I found a teaser snippet that pretty appropriately handles the themes of this book, including age, mortality, and sexuality.

I longed for smooth, flawless skin. For a dense mop of strong hair, no thin places in it. I longed for the fresh, clean smell of skin and hair like that, a smell owing nothing to any perfume and at the same time not arousing the slightest suspicion that there could be a touch of sprayed urine or the bad odour of wind in it.

It’s quite an interesting, unique read, skillfully translated from the German. I like it.

6 Responses

  1. Interesting …I never heard of this book. Very strong writing!

  2. It’s remarkable, and perhaps all the more so for being a translation. (Props to translator, Anthea Bell.)

  3. Intriquing teaser, I’ve never heard of this book. Hope you’re enjoying it.

  4. Wonderful teaser. I’m not sure whether to call it descriptive or touching.

  5. Could be both?

  6. […] to The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler on audio when I drive in the car. And I’m reading The Stronger Sex by Hans Werner […]

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