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clea dzonsons
05-24-2005, 06:07 PM
I like how the book starts out, the first three sentences-<br><br>"I am a sick man...I am a spiteful man. I am an unpleasant man. I think my liver is diseased."<br><br>it's a great opening.

06-07-2007, 08:59 PM
Yes. I agree totally. Before I read those opening lines I was anticipating a dull, monotonous novel which churned out intellectual sentences but had no humour or feeling. The beginning changed my mind instantly.

Big Dante
04-20-2011, 07:29 PM
Fantastic opening, one of the better ones I have read. Also gives the hint of dark humour that is to come from the character.

10-24-2011, 12:36 PM
Yes, I was immediately pulled in by the opening sentences as well. I love the bleakness and hardship that is so evident throughout all of his books. It seems to be a dominant theme in all his works. There is definitely a sense of self-awareness in all his characters which brings about great sorrow and pain. He manages to do this without sounding like they're whinging which is difficult to do.