Teaser Tuesday: In Arcadia by Ben Okri

This Tuesday, it is time for the teaser again, and this time the book is something I picked up at a book sale long ago, for 2 USD, In Arcadia by Ben Okri.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly 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!

Here are two teaser sentences from  In Arcadia :

In Arcadia

“Ah, yes,” to an unfinished question.

And then, flowing now in freedom and lightness, regaining his state of grace, dancing on the sunlight of a romantic nation, followed by the tender gaze of the camera and the crowds, Lao wandered towards the train driver’s compartment, to interview a man who loved speed but cultivated stillness.”

Blurb: “A group of angry and ill-assorted people accept an invitation to make a journey. Inspired by a painting and financed by a mysterious benefactor, they set off to discover the real Arcadia. Or what remains of it. Their journey begins in ignorance and chaos at Waterloo station and takes them through superstition and myth to harmony. In the Louvre, in front of Poussin’s masterpiece, they begin to understand. ‘In Arcadia takes that staple Shakespearean theme of appearance versus reality and uses it to explore the notion of paradise’

I’m going ahead with this book, but it is clear that the author is not interested in entertaining, merely in edifying the reader, in recompense for which he iwould give them some good writing.

How about you? Would you read a book like In Arcadia by Ben Okri ?

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  1. jguenther5

    If we reduce the question to: Would I take a journey financed by a mysterious benefactor? then the answer to the original question is obvious.

  2. raginipuri

    Thanks for sharing Damyanti! The teasers, the blurb and the the cover – all have got my curiosity piqued! Will look it up the next time I am in a book store.