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.
'It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen'.
Orwell - 1984
"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
"Happy families are all alike. Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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.
I love that novel. It's a great read. Tolstoy is wonderful.
My favorite is " It was the best of times;it was the worst of times"
"Call me Ishmael."--Moby Dick!
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( ; I've been waiting for this one! Almost used it myself.
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.
"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!
"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
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
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."
"It all started with the new television." opening line of "She's Come Undone" By: Wally Lamb. Love the book.
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!
'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!
by Faith Reaper 6 years ago
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