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    Coleridge's Kubla Khan perhaps?

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    Harry Potter, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, King Arthur, Dorian Gray, Sherlock Holmes...
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    depends what your definition of "famous" is

    what other book starts with as famous a line as "call me Ishmael"

    what about the "protagonist" of ellison's "Invisible Man" who never has a name

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscherff View Post


    what other book starts with as famous a line as "call me Ishmael"
    Outside of America - lots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkBastable View Post
    Outside of America - lots.
    In America, too. "They were the worst of Times, they were the best of time." Okay . . . maybe not lots, just that one.

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    What about Elizabeth Bennet or Frankenstein?

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    Has anyone mentioned Faust?
    there are many books about him from different authors and operas and all
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    sorry posted twice
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    Quote Originally Posted by tscherff View Post
    depends what your definition of "famous" is

    what other book starts with as famous a line as "call me Ishmael"

    what about the "protagonist" of ellison's "Invisible Man" who never has a name
    Which book is this that starts with
    ''call me Ishmael''?
    the symmetry of light is a double height
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    silhouettes follow it like white
    you would not want it to night

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    Moby Dick So it can't be that famous!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seasider View Post
    Moby Dick So it can't be that famous!!
    Haha...I have never read it thank you Seasider
    the symmetry of light is a double height
    one for when dark sight
    the other for when the sun bite
    exaggeration never rises it lies
    silhouettes follow it like white
    you would not want it to night

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    "In America, too. "They were the worst of Times, they were the best of time." Okay . . . maybe not lots, just that one."

    What is that the first line of? (It looks like a misquotation from the English novel, "Tale of Two Cities" but is it also the start of an American novel?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whifflingpin View Post
    "In America, too. "They were the worst of Times, they were the best of time." Okay . . . maybe not lots, just that one."

    What is that the first line of? (It looks like a misquotation from the English novel, "Tale of Two Cities" but is it also the start of an American novel?)
    do you mean the same starting lines for two different novels?
    the symmetry of light is a double height
    one for when dark sight
    the other for when the sun bite
    exaggeration never rises it lies
    silhouettes follow it like white
    you would not want it to night

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whifflingpin View Post
    "In America, too. "They were the worst of Times, they were the best of time." Okay . . . maybe not lots, just that one."

    What is that the first line of? (It looks like a misquotation from the English novel, "Tale of Two Cities" but is it also the start of an American novel?)
    I think he had a small lapse and forgot that Dickens was not american.

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