book beginnings on Friday: Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland

Thanks to Katy at A Few More Pages for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line.

I enjoyed Vreeland’s Clara and Mr. Tiffany so much that I was happy to find this audiobook at my local public library. So far it’s beautiful. We’re just meeting the eponymous Girl, in a painting that may or may not be an undiscovered Vermeer – evoking another lovely Girl, Girl With a Pearl Earring. But first, let’s meet Cornelius. Here’s your beginning.

Cornelius Engelbrecht invented himself. Let me emphasize, straight away, that he isn’t what I would call a friend, but I know him enough to say that he did purposely design himself: single, modest dresser in receding colors, mathematics teacher, sponsor of the chess club, mild-mannered acquaintance to all rather than a friend to any, a person anxious to become invisible.

Haven’t we learned a lot in just a few lines, and aren’t they well done? I’m liking this so far. How does your weekend reading look?

8 Responses

  1. Interesting beginning. Great title and cover. I hope you like it.

  2. I did learn a lot about him.

  3. Powerful writing, “anxious to become invisible.”

  4. Yes, isn’t that great? I like it very much!

  5. Really interesting! I love Vermeer paintings, so I might actually enjoy this book!! Hope you have a great weekend and hop on over if you have the time:
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  6. How many of us have been anxious to be invisible at some time in our life. What a great start to a book.

  7. Hi Julia,

    What some lovely, under-stated, yet so descriptive lines.

    Your post and a sneak peek at the synopsis, have got me reaching for my reading list and putting this one right near to the top.

    I am not that keen on audio books, however either a hard copy, or kindle download will do very nicely.

    I am supposing that the rest of the book is just as powerfully and evocatively written and I just love that cover art.

    Thanks for sharing

  8. That is definitely an intriguing beginning. I haven’t read anything by this author, yet. Perhaps in 2012.

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