Teaser Tuesdays (May 6): Timbuctoo

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays 

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

Glad to be back on Teaser Tuesdays after 5 months!!

Today, my Teasers are from


Click on the book cover to know more about it

This is a fascinating historical novel, based on a 19th century diary of an American white man who was sold as a slave in Africa. And the book is so gorgeous, with imitation leather hardcover.

‘Standing here in the grandeur of this chamber,’ he said, leaning back on his heels, still staring out at Clara, ‘we area million miles from the Hellfire land I am attempting to describe. I encourage the audience to conjure the heat, the sand, the thirst, in their minds.’

After I had been offered my ration, he turned to us and said in perfect English:
“There is a way all of you can gain your freedom. I swear it. You can drink ten skins each, eat the finest meat, and regain your honour.”

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

(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!

19 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesdays (May 6): Timbuctoo

  1. Pingback: Teaser Tuesdays – May 6, 2014 « Vauquer Boarding House

        • do you mind giving me the links? Being French, of course I love Zola and Balzac. My favorite by Zola is actually Le rêve [The Dream], not always as known as the other volumes of his series. My favorite by Balzac? Maybe La peau de chagrin [The Magic Skin] or Le lys dans la vallée [The Lily of the Valley]


          • Happy to give links. The more the merrier! I know you have already found the French Literature discussion group, but in case anyone else here is interested, it is at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FrenchLiterature

            The Balzac discussion group is at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/balzac
            Not much is going on there at present as we finished our complete reading of The Human Comedy year or so ago. But if anyone wants to talk about any of the books or anything else, Balzac related, we love to revisit them, especially our favorites. My favorite Balzac, the sentimental favorite and the first one I read is Pere Goriot. I think maybe Cousine Bette might come next. There are so many that I love! La peau de chagrin has the best descriptive passage I’ve ever read–the old antique shop.

            Lisa started the Balzac discussion blog about four years ago. It is La Comedie Humaine at http://balzacbooks.wordpress.com/ We are very proud of it. It has summaries for the entire Comedie Humaine and links to an etext to every story plus about four biographies that are online. Lists of newer books about Balzac. Lots of goodies and we are still adding a few things like illustrations and “Balzac sightings.”

            The other blog, The Books of Émile Zola is at http://readingzola.wordpress.com/
            It was only started last December, so there isn’t a lot there yet. You can see our list of “contributors”, five of us at this point, near the bottom of the side menu. You are more than welcome to join us! We’d love to have you add content or crosspost any new items you have. Just ask for an “invite” if you’d consider it.

            My favorite Zola is L’Assommoir. I am very fond of the character of Gervaise. Overall, I tend to favor the Macquart side of the family tree.


    • it is not the old book itself. Indeed Robert Adams wrote his diary of his adventures in Timbuctoo. But this is a modern fictionalized version of that diary, written just a few years ago. It’s really well done. It would actually be really fascinating to study what the modern author did with the older narrative, what he modified, how. If I had time…


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