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Thread: Favorite Opening Lines

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    "It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love." Love in the Time of Cholera Marquez

    "There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening." A Clockwork Orange

    I agree with LOLITA... I am sure there are more that don't come to mind right now.
    "All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours." -Aldous Huxley

    "Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires." -William Blake

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    IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HEAR about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me....

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    "Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could hear them hitting." - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

    "Stately plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed." - James Joyce, Ulysses

    "Here we are, alone again." - Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Death on the Installment Plan

    "Once you have given up the ghost, everything follows with dead certainty, even in the midst of chaos." - Henry Miller, Tropic of Capricorn

    I'd also like to second the already mentioned Swann's Way, Notes from Underground, and Lolita.

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    Stately, plump Buck Mullligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.

    Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don't know. I got a telegram from the home: 'Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.' That doesn't mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday.
    The Stranger

    Last year, on the evening of March 22, I had a very strange adventure. All that day I had been walking about the town trying to find a lodging. My old one was very damp, and I had begun to have an ominous cough.
    Insulted and injured
    `Кто смеет убить себя, тот бог. Достоевский
    `I Speak to God, but the Sky is empty. Plath
    `I'm an artist just because I'm ugly. Andy Warhol

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    quote the best opening lines of a book ever

    There are opening lines you simply cannot forget because of the impact it has one's mind/feelings.

    Do you have one in mind you would like to share?

    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    it fly

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    He lifted the lid of the dustbin and looked out.

    Available now for the e-reader on your bedside table.

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    This was an interesting thread. Sometimes an opening can be arresting for little more reason than to be eye-catching. But sometimes it gives a whole steer to what is to follow. The beginning of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is good. Earthly Powers has an eye-catching opening. The Tomorrow File (an obscure novel that I admire) has an eye-catching opening. Jaws gets right into it. Jayne Eyre has an opening which when re-read suggests a lot about the writer's intentions. A good opening is often like that. A Passage to India has a delicious opening. Synaesthetic critical terminology there!

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