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PostSubject: Best Literary First Lines   Wed Dec 24, 2008 6:04 am

What are some of the best first lines to pull you into books? I love:

There once was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.--The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis

Last night I dreamed I was at Manderley again.--Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

In a hobbit hole, there lived a hobbit.--The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

The ghost in the Paris Opera really existed.--The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
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PostSubject: Re: Best Literary First Lines   Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:15 pm

I also love the opening line to The Hobbit! Very Happy

Others I love:
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
-Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

"Marley was dead, to begin with."
-A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."
-The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

"All this happened, more or less."
-Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut


Side topic: I think I might be going nuts. When I saw this question, I tried to star it. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Best Literary First Lines   Wed Dec 24, 2008 4:34 pm

The Hobbit and Rebecca came to my mind as well.

Others:

"A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem not but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate." ~ The Scarlet Pimpernel

"It was a pleasure to burn." ~ Farenheit 451

"There was no chance of taking a walk that day." ~ Jane Eyre
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PostSubject: Re: Best Literary First Lines   Wed Dec 24, 2008 6:12 pm

Definitely "A Tale of Two Cities"

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."
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PostSubject: Re: Best Literary First Lines   Wed Dec 24, 2008 9:50 pm

Tourterelle - I'm with you, see also my signature Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Best Literary First Lines   Thu Dec 25, 2008 4:05 am

I love the Dawn Treader one. It makes me giggle every time I open that book.

I love "Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful," because you spend the whole rest of the book finding out how true and untrue that can be.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Literary First Lines   Sun Dec 28, 2008 3:28 am

'Well, this is the end, Sam Gamgee,' said a voice by his side. And there was Frodo, pale and worn, and yet himself again; and in his eyes there was peace now, neither strain of will, nor madness, nor any fear. His burden was taken away. There was the dear master of the sweet days in the Shire. -The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien
Sorry it's a favorite line, but not opening...


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PostSubject: Re: Best Literary First Lines   Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:47 am

"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."- 1984 by George Orwell
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PostSubject: Re: Best Literary First Lines   Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:34 pm

Tourterelle wrote:
I also love the opening line to The Hobbit! Very Happy

Others I love:
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
-Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

"Marley was dead, to begin with."
-A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."
-The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

"All this happened, more or less."
-Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut


Side topic: I think I might be going nuts. When I saw this question, I tried to star it. lol!

I liked that first line from P and P, which made me want to read it--but as I began reading it, I realized that the writing (my personal opinion) was dry, so I was bored to death with the book.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Literary First Lines   Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:41 pm

Talkatoast wrote:
Tourterelle wrote:
I also love the opening line to The Hobbit! Very Happy

Others I love:
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
-Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

"Marley was dead, to begin with."
-A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."
-The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

"All this happened, more or less."
-Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut


Side topic: I think I might be going nuts. When I saw this question, I tried to star it. lol!

I liked that first line from P and P, which made me want to read it--but as I began reading it, I realized that the writing (my personal opinion) was dry, so I was bored to death with the book.

Yes, that's true, it drags at first. It took me three attempts to get into it, but now I'm DEEPLY in love with it Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Best Literary First Lines   Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:48 pm

Solveig wrote:
Talkatoast wrote:
Tourterelle wrote:
I also love the opening line to The Hobbit! Very Happy

Others I love:
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
-Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

"Marley was dead, to begin with."
-A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."
-The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

"All this happened, more or less."
-Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut


Side topic: I think I might be going nuts. When I saw this question, I tried to star it. lol!

I liked that first line from P and P, which made me want to read it--but as I began reading it, I realized that the writing (my personal opinion) was dry, so I was bored to death with the book.

Yes, that's true, it drags at first. It took me three attempts to get into it, but now I'm DEEPLY in love with it Smile

I guess I could try again. Usually when I can't get into a book the first time, I give up on it. tongue
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