My book beginning today is connected to the comparing covers post from a few days ago. I am reading "The Magic Mountain" by Thomas Mann. The beginning of the book goes medias in res, but is still rather uneventful.
An ordinary young man was on his way from his hometown of Hamburg to Davos-Platz in the canton of Graubünden. It was the height of summer, and he planned to stay for three weeks.
It is a long trip, however, from Hamburg to those elevations – too long, really, for so short a visit.
Don’t those few sentences already give us a premonition that the stay of the young man will not be over after a mere three weeks?