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Teaser Tuesday – Birthday Stories

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  4. 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!)
  5. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I am currently reading an anthology called Birthday Stories, selected and introduces by my favorite Japanese author Haruki Murakami.

There are 13 stories in this book and only 1 story comes from Japanese author, Murakami himself. The other 12 stories come from western author. Murakami provides brief history of each author.

The teaser I’m going to share is from Timothy’s Birthday by William Trevor. I really like these sentences despite the fact that I don’t really like the story. For me, the short story is a bit plain. These sentences are from page 44.

(Brief introduction: Odo and Charlotte have been married for more than 40 years)

One of them would die first, Odo had thought again in the night, as he often did now. He wanted it to be her; he wanted to be the one that suffer the loneliness and the distress. It would be the same for either of them, and he wanted it to be him who had to bear the painful burden.

These sentences make me hoping for a husband like Odo.

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10 comments on “Teaser Tuesday – Birthday Stories

  1. pussreboots
    March 16, 2010

    Sounds like a fascinating collection. I’d love to see which stories Murakami picked. Off to add this book to my wishlist. My teaser is here.

  2. Beth
    March 16, 2010

    Very sweet! Here is my teaser for this week.

  3. gautami tripathy
    March 16, 2010
  4. Chrissie
    March 16, 2010

    Very sweet but quite sad too! Good teaser 🙂

  5. Alayne
    March 16, 2010

    What a sad teaser! Heartbreaking. Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

  6. Lisa
    March 16, 2010

    Interesting one

    Here’s mine.

  7. Jennifer
    March 16, 2010

    Oh that is such a sweet thought. I am afraid I am more elfish and would want to be the first to go. Wonderful teaser. Mine is here: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/03/teaser-tuesdays-captivity.html

  8. Jess.
    March 16, 2010

    This teaser makes me want the same kind of husband.

    My teaser is up at Find the Time to Read
    -Jess.

  9. Miss Angie
    March 17, 2010

    Wow, so very cool. I’m intrigued!

    My Teaser: He’s Just Not That Into You

  10. Lisa
    March 17, 2010

    I love short stories, but it’s hard to find good ones. It’s sort of a lost art.

    My teaser is here.

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