Teaser Tuesdays – December 16, 2014

LatinQuarterTT

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

My book this week was the inspiration for the opera La Bohème. Publisher’s blurb:

Murger’s work is largely based on his own personal experiences as poor writer living at the time in a Parisian attic and his interactions with other friends who were as well poor and struggling artists including a musician, poet, sculptor, painter and philosopher. The group of friends share in common their need for food and shelter while struggling to become successful artists.

Bohemians of the Latin Quarter
(Scènes de la vie de bohème)
by Henry Murger

Bohemians

What little money he picked up by his profession was spent in buying books. . . What he did with these books, so numerous that no man’s lifetime would have been long enough to read them, nobody knew, least of all, himself.

I am finding it quite a charming read once I struggled through the overly long Introduction. Perhaps the lengthy explanation of the term was necessary for readers at the time of publication in 1851, but the first two paragraphs should suffice for today’s readers. An English translation is available free in numerous formats from Project Gutenberg in addition to the original French.

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What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us?

Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.

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20 comments on “Teaser Tuesdays – December 16, 2014

  1. FictionFan says:

    Ha! That teaser reminds me too much of my own dreaded TBR list… 😉

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  2. Fred Runk says:

    I don’t remember him ever visiting me, so how did he know what my place looks like?

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  3. Ah, yes, a familiar habit, buying books in large quantities…even if we might not get around to them all. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

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    • Dagny says:

      Even fictional characters have no will power when it comes to books, lol. Thanks for stopping by to comment. Yours this week sounds like a great read and full of nostalgia.

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  4. That teaser is my life! Good choice.

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  5. {deep sigh} I bet this teaser alone reflected the life of the author; it rings true to my life to say the least 😦 Excellent post!

    Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked | Jen Calonita

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  6. Shaina says:

    I love this one! It reminds me of the famous quote (blanking on the speaker), “When I get a little money, I buy books. If there’s any left, I buy food and clothes.” Clearly he’s got his priorities in order.

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