Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Best First Lines

The American Book Review lists the Top 100 first lines from novels.

#1 -- unsurprisingly -- "Call Me Ishmael."

My favorites?

#5 - "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins."

#8 - "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."

#23 - "One summer afternoon Mrs. Oedipa Maas came home from a Tupperware party whose hostess had put perhaps too much kirsch in the fondue to find that she, Oedipa, had been named executor, or she supposed executrix, of the estate of one Pierce Inverarity, a California real estate mogul who had once lost two million dollars in his spare time but still had assets numerous and tangled enough to make the job of sorting it all out more than honorary."

#25 - "Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting."

#59 - "It was love at first sight."


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