Come Tease Me!

TeaserTuesdays is a weekly bookish 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!

Thanks to MizB for starting this meme (and many others as well)!

My teaser for June 10 is this:

“We have seen that Daoism provided a channel for that other, more romantic side of Chinese human nature which was not satisfied by the pedestrian code of Confucianism. Although the full range of developed Confucianism did take account of the spiritual aspirations of man, in much of its practice it was confined to an ethic handbook for the scholar official and had little message and no solace for the common peasant or small merchant, whom it counseled to behave well and keep to his subordinate position.”

This comes from page 75 of China: Its History and Culture, 4th Edition by W. Scott Morton and Charlton M. Lewis.

I’d recommend this book for people like me who don’t know much about China and want a general introduction that is not too long.  I like the way they organize the book.  As with most histories, it proceeds chronologically. But in addition to including the facts of changing dynasties, wars, etc., each chapter also includes a section on cultural developments (such as religion, art, philosophy, literature, etc.)

Click here for the Amazon description.

What about you?  What are you reading?  Feel free to tease me with a couple of sentences!


Author: DebraB

I am a Professor of English at Concordia University-St. Paul. I have a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research interests include American literature, contemporary literature, Middle Eastern literature, African literature and feminist theory.

13 thoughts on “Come Tease Me!”

  1. I am 65% through Defending Jacob. It is wonderful! I find it very interesting; I like how the writer moves present and past tense. Cannot wait to find out what happens…

  2. “It was a Sunday morning. Lev had a screwdriver and a pencil with him, and cycled down to one of the footbridges over Ringveien.”
    p. 239, Nemesis, a Harry Hole Novel, by Jo Nesbo, “the best Norwegian crime writer of all time.”

    Love Scandinavian Noir–It is so dark. I dare you to read it. Harry Hole novels are best read in chronological order.

    Fun and fascinating teasers.

    1. Thanks for the teaser. I’ve never read Jo Nesbo, but I know what you mean about Scandinavian Noir. Have you seen the PBS Mystery Series based in Sweden? I’m blanking on the name of the detective, but he is played by Kenneth Branagh. I’ve read two of the Girl With a Dragon Tattoo series, as well. Dark indeed!

      1. Yes! Henry Mankell’s Wallander. Branagh is good and tortured. Do you watch MHZ tv on Channel 76? Wed=Thurs nights at 8pm cst they show Scandinavian mysteries.
        This channel is a world public broadcasting station with television from everywhere including China! France 24 news at 7pm cst, Kazakstan news! and more! ‘Annika Bengsto’n is a Swedish news reporter in a series either Fri or Sat nite. The Swedish actor who plays Wallender is captivating. ‘The Eagle’ is a show with an Icelandic detective.

  3. Thanks for sharing your teaser, Sharon. I, too, love my Jane Austen Action Figure. I think I need to fiddle with the photo so that people can more clearly see Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald as well. 🙂

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