…Opening lines that is! Oh man, too much corn souffle has made me punny. But really, the American Book Review has put together a list of the 100 best first lines from novels and it had me seriously distracted for a while there at work the other day (thanks work friend Steph!).
The list includes all the classics you know have to be on there:
- Call me Ishmael. — Moby-Dick
- Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. — Anna Karenina
- 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
In addition to the obvious selections, there are some I’ve never read, some I’ve never heard of and plenty I recognized.
The list is interesting and worth checking out especially when you really should be doing something more productive. But reading about literature… that’s productive, right?