Best opening line of a novel.

  • johndubuque

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    Jan 05, 2014 8:22 AM GMT
    My nominee: "In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since."
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    Jan 05, 2014 9:16 AM GMT
    "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. "
    -From Anna Karenina
  • MikeW

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    Jan 05, 2014 5:20 PM GMT
    "I can feel the heat closing in, feel them out there making their moves, setting up their devil doll stool pigeons, crooning over my spoon and dropper I throw away at Washington Square Station, vault a turnstile and two flights down the iron stairs, catch an uptown A train ... Young, good looking, crew cut, Ivy League, advertising exec type fruit holds the door back for me."
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    Jan 05, 2014 6:48 PM GMT
    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
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    Jan 05, 2014 7:10 PM GMT
    "The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."
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    Jan 06, 2014 5:24 AM GMT
    theantijock saidIt was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

    You beat me to that answer. How many other novels can be recognized by so few opening words?

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    Jan 06, 2014 5:46 AM GMT
    Once upon a time....

    Can't recall exactly where I read it but it caught my attention! icon_eek.gif
  • CityofDreams

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    Jan 06, 2014 5:48 AM GMT
    "It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen" - 1984 by Orwell

    As previously noted, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. - A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
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    Jan 06, 2014 5:49 AM GMT
    eagermuscle said How many other novels can be recognized by so few opening words?


    Anything by Snoopy...
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    Jan 06, 2014 7:07 AM GMT
    "You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings."

    (Nothing like that turgid Victorian prose.)
  • Eli20

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    Jan 06, 2014 4:48 PM GMT
    I loved seeing his face, I was extremely susceptible to the beauty of others, especially men. He was older than me by three years and I thought he was handsome, if he hadn't been I might not have been as eager to speak with him on a regular basis. With ease we discussed all subjects and the love between us grew.
    -The King's Confession
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    Jan 06, 2014 7:50 PM GMT
    There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. - The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
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    Jan 06, 2014 7:52 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said
    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

    You beat me to that answer. How many other novels can be recognized by so few opening words?


    This one, even shorter:
    "Call me Ishmael"
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    Jan 06, 2014 8:27 PM GMT
    Sungod17 said"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

    YES!!
  • Adozark

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    Jan 06, 2014 8:36 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    eagermuscle said
    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

    You beat me to that answer. How many other novels can be recognized by so few opening words?


    This one, even shorter:
    "Call me Ishmael"


    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
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    Jan 06, 2014 9:09 PM GMT
    Adozark said
    Aristoshark said
    eagermuscle said
    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

    You beat me to that answer. How many other novels can be recognized by so few opening words?


    This one, even shorter:
    "Call me Ishmael"


    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

    That's one of my absolute favorite novels. Such well-bred snark.
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    Jan 06, 2014 10:22 PM GMT
    Adozark said
    Aristoshark said
    eagermuscle said
    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

    You beat me to that answer. How many other novels can be recognized by so few opening words?


    This one, even shorter:
    "Call me Ishmael"


    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

    I thought of that one but it didn't seem appropriate for a gay forum. icon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 06, 2014 10:50 PM GMT
    - Two households both alike in dignity, in Fair Verona where we lay our scene....-

    (From Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare) !!
  • Adozark

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    Jan 06, 2014 11:31 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    Adozark said
    "Call me Ishmael"


    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

    I thought of that one but it didn't seem appropriate for a gay forum. icon_twisted.gif

    I didn't even think of it in that context, I guess I'm just inappropriate like that. haha
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    Jan 07, 2014 1:07 AM GMT
    Adozark said
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    Adozark said
    "Call me Ishmael"


    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

    I thought of that one but it didn't seem appropriate for a gay forum. icon_twisted.gif


    I didn't even think of it in that context, I guess I'm just inappropriate like that. haha


    How about "must be in want of a twink"?
  • Fullhouse

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    Jan 07, 2014 1:16 AM GMT
    A little (a lot) less known, but one of my favorites. Such great imagery. I highly recommend it.

    "Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses." ~John Steinbeck. Cannery Row
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    Jan 07, 2014 3:16 AM GMT
    Fullhouse saidA little (a lot) less known, but one of my favorites. Such great imagery. I highly recommend it.

    "Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses." ~John Steinbeck. Cannery Row

    I enjoyed the book. The movie not very much.
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    Jan 07, 2014 3:49 AM GMT
    Fullhouse saidA little (a lot) less known, but one of my favorites. Such great imagery. I highly recommend it.

    "Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses." ~John Steinbeck. Cannery Row

    Not anymore.
    Cannery Row is still there, but it's a shopping mall.
    #StoryOfAmerica
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    Jan 07, 2014 4:17 AM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    eagermuscle said
    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

    You beat me to that answer. How many other novels can be recognized by so few opening words?


    This one, even shorter:
    "Call me Ishmael"

    Ooooh! Good one. Who's your Ahab, Sharkey?

    Actually, I may have everyone beat:

    "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
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    Jan 07, 2014 7:17 AM GMT
    "On the second Thursday of the month, Mrs. Dombrowski brings her dead husband to our therapy group."


    "My name is Salmon, like the fish; first name Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."


    "It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed."