What is your favorite opening line from a novel?

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  1. wayne barrett profile image74
    wayne barrettposted 5 years ago

    What is your favorite opening line from a novel?

    My favorite is, "The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed." From "The Gunslinger" by Stephen King.

  2. MickS profile image70
    MickSposted 5 years ago

    'It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen'.

    Orwell - 1984

    1. wayne barrett profile image74
      wayne barrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Classic! It was lines like that that showed me as youngster that I could think outside the box.

  3. embarrett91 profile image68
    embarrett91posted 5 years ago

    Well you just gave away my answer, Dad! smile

    1. bizarrett81 profile image66
      bizarrett81posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I was going to say the exact same thing!!!

    2. wayne barrett profile image74
      wayne barrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I guess great minds think alike  :-)  (that would be you and Beth, of course)

  4. FatFreddysCat profile image97
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 years ago

    "In the beginning, the Universe was created. This has made a great deal of people angry and is widely considered to be a bad move." - "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams

    1. wayne barrett profile image74
      wayne barrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I've seen this movie but never read the book. I have seen other quotes from it lately so was thinking I might check it out.

  5. Theater girl profile image73
    Theater girlposted 5 years ago

    "Happy families are all alike. Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

    1. wayne barrett profile image74
      wayne barrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      This is one of those that I have told myself to read many times but just never got around to it. Now I have further inspiration.

    2. Theater girl profile image73
      Theater girlposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Go for it! It is so worth it!!!!

    3. profile image0
      Beth Beardallposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I love that novel. It's a great read. Tolstoy is wonderful.

  6. baygirl33 profile image58
    baygirl33posted 5 years ago

    My favorite is " It was the best of times;it was the worst of times"
    Dickens.

    1. wayne barrett profile image74
      wayne barrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Another great classic!

  7. ajwrites57 profile image88
    ajwrites57posted 5 years ago

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    "Call me Ishmael."--Moby Dick!

    Photo: By I. W. Taber
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    1. wayne barrett profile image74
      wayne barrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      ( ; I've been waiting for this one! Almost used it myself.

    2. ajwrites57 profile image88
      ajwrites57posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It was the first line that popped into my head! "Marley was dead: to begin with." - A Christmas Carol, was the second one and the line from Tale of Two Cities was third.

  8. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    "It was a dark and stormy night."

    First line of Wrinkle in Time by M. L'engel.  A great kid's book but I still read it and love it!

    1. wayne barrett profile image74
      wayne barrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I've heard of it but never read it. I will have to check it out.

  9. Sunny River profile image61
    Sunny Riverposted 5 years ago

    "In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three."
    Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

    1. wayne barrett profile image74
      wayne barrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Sunny. Another one that I have heard of but have not read.

  10. Music-and-Art-45 profile image91
    Music-and-Art-45posted 5 years ago

    Two immediately come to mind:

    "Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude

    "A screaming comes across the sky." - Thomas Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow

    1. wayne barrett profile image74
      wayne barrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for the imput, and I would really like to check out your Hub since I am a fellow artist and musician.

  11. uNicQue profile image79
    uNicQueposted 5 years ago

    This isn't so much a "line" but it is my favorite opening two paragraphs. It is from Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, and I always found it so vivid and powerful:

    "He stood naked at the edge of a cliff. The lake lay far below him. A frozen explosion of granite burst in flight to the sky over motionless water. The water seemed immovable, the stone flowing. The stone had the stillness of one brief moment in battle when thrust meets thrust and the currents are held in a pause more dynamic than motion. The stone glowed, wet with sunrays.

    The lake below was only a thin steel ring that cut the rocks in half. The rocks went on into the depth, unchanged. They began and ended in the sky. So that the world seemed suspended in space, an island floating on nothing, anchored to the feet of the man on the cliff."

    1. wayne barrett profile image74
      wayne barrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That is a great opening...but I think you were just captured by, "He stood naked..."   : )

  12. Dog Ma profile image78
    Dog Maposted 5 years ago

    "It all started with the new television." opening line of "She's Come Undone" By: Wally Lamb. Love the book.

    1. wayne barrett profile image74
      wayne barrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hm, this is a new one on me. I'll have to keep it in mind.

  13. profile image0
    Beth Beardallposted 5 years ago

    My favourite right now is from Dante's Divine Comedy. 

    "Halfway along the road we have to go, I found myself obscured in a great forest, bewildered, and I knew I had lost the way."

    I have to admit I didn't read the whole book, but the first line caught my attention!

  14. annart profile image90
    annartposted 5 years ago

    'It was the day my grandmother exploded.'  The Crow Road, Iain Banks.  Grabs you at the start and is a great read.  What a good question!

 
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