Saturday, December 13, 2008

Which is your favorite first line of a novel?

1. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man is possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

2. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

3. Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person.

4. Call me Ishmael.
5. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Any guesses as to who wrote them? Have a better one?


Bryce and Mandy said...

1. It's Austen isnt' it? In Pride and Prejudice?
2. Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities
3. ???
4. Melville - Moby Dick
5. ????

One of my favorites is "Marley was dead, to begin with." I'm sure you know what that is from. It is a great first sentence. It is creepy and it piques your interest. I also like that one from Pride and Prejudice.

Lula O said...

The Christmas Carol. That is a good one. I need to read that again this year.

The Bradfords said...

I think the opening paragraph of "A Tale of Two Cities" is sheer genius and reflective of the wisdom of Dickens. I love that story...maybe it's time for a re-read.

Lula O said...

Maybe we could do that one for a January read??

Tanja said...

Are we picking a book a month? What are the rules, regulations, instructions, whatever you want to call it for the blog? What is the purpose? I think a great line is
"I never thought much about how I would die...?
ha ha!