Teaser Tuesday: Silent Night by Stanley Weintraub
December 21, 2010
Teaser Tuesdays 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!
This week I'm reading a non-ficiton book - my first and only of the year, I believe - called Silent Night - The Story of The World War I Christmas Truce by Stanley Weintraub. I've had this book on my shelf for several years, but never had the nerve to read it. This story of enemies, hell-bent on killing each other, stopping a freakin' WAR to celebrate Christmas truly moves me, and I was afraid I would just bust out sobbing on a bus full of people and totally embarrass myself! This year, however, I decided to just go for it! The timing is perfect - it's almost Christmas! and it's a Christmas story! - and I'll get yet another book off my shelf! Please enjoy my extended teaser:
A Belgian who had taken Christmas Eve Communion in the basement of a blasted church was up at dawn, just north of Poperinge, too agitated to sleep, and saw that the Germans had posted "HAPPY CHRISTMAS" over a parapet. When they observed heads poking up to read it, the Germans emerged,visibly unarmed. Advancing toward the puzzled Belgians, who had hardly been treated benevolently before, the Boches sang, then shouted "Comrades!" Momentarily forgetting their hatred of the invaders, the Belgians put down their rifles.
There. That right there is the magic of Christmas at work! le sigh! I give up and will just have to take some extra tissues with me on my commute!
Merry Christmas to all who visit from MizB's Teaser Tuesday meme, and I wish you all a Happy - and book-filled - New Year!