Tuesday, January 10, 2017

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday: Hope in the Dark by Rebeca Solnit

First Chapter Tuesday is hosted every Tuesday by Diane over at Bibiophile by the Sea. Join the fun by making your own post and linking up over at Diane's blog, or simple check it out to find more new books to read!

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

Chapter One
"Looking into Darkness

On January 18, 1915, six months into the First World War, as all Europe was convulsed by killing and dying, Virginia Woolf wrote in her journal, "The future is dark, which is on the whole, the best thing the future can be, I think." Dark, she seems to be saying, as in inscrutable, not as in terrible. We often mistake the one for the other. Or we transform the future's unknowability into something certain, the fulfillment of all our dread, the place beyond which there is no way forward. But again and again, far stranger things happen than the end of the world."*

I started reading this as part of Entomology of a Bookworm's Social Justice Book Club, and I am really excited to find out more about this book. If this sounds like something you're interested in (or if you just want to find out more about the book club), head over to the page I linked just a few lines above!

What do you think? Would you keep reading? (And feel free to join in and make your own post!) 
If you're enticed by this chapter, be sure to check out the full synopsis on Goodreads!

*Excerpt taken from the novel itself; I do not claim to own any part of the excerpt.


  1. The excerpt made me pause...and think. It sounds like a good book. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE MARRIAGE LIE”

  2. I hope it is a great read for you.

  3. Hmmm...I think I'd have to be in the mood, but I do like that first paragraph.

  4. Like Kay, I think I would have to be in the mood and the right mindset. I would have to have my brain turned "on" for this read.


  5. This sounds like the kind of book where the reader has to stop occasionally and ponder the author's words. I'd have to be in the right frame of mind to read this one!
    My Tuesday post features MOONRISE.

  6. This sounds very thought-provoking. I'd probably enjoy it. Here's the link to my intro/teaser for today: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1rl

  7. I like this opening. It looks like a really interesting book!

  8. Social Justice book group sounds so interesting. I'd keep reading this one.

  9. Interesting. I'd have to be in the right mood, but I like the opening.