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July 24, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Beginnings

Bookish , Jumping on the bandwagon

Today's question:

What are your favourite first sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of its first sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn’t like but still remember simply because of the first line?

Well, of course, there's the classic from Pride and Prejudice:

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

And I've always adored the (very long) first sentence of Anne of Green Gables:

Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.
Posted by Kat at July 24, 2008 01:23 PM

Two interesting choices.

Posted by: Sally at July 24, 2008 04:17 PM

Wow! It been so long since I read Anne of Green Gables. Good one.

Posted by: Confuzzled Books at July 24, 2008 08:50 PM

P and P of course! But, how about A Tale of Two Cities--It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, etc.
There is a Novel Quiz:Famous Opening Lines at this website:
I's fun--I actually got 9 of 13 correct,even though I haven't read many of them, at least not recently.

Posted by: Mom at July 26, 2008 04:59 PM

I never realized it was one sentence for the start of Anne. I'm definitely not paying attention when I read! *blush*

Posted by: penny at August 11, 2008 05:13 PM
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