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First intent, due wit again

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by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Some of the best First Lines of books I have enjoyed:

1813 – It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. – Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”

1851 – Call me Ishmael. – Herman Melville, “Moby-Dick; or, The Whale”

1895 – The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. – Stephen Crane, “The Red Badge of Courage”

1921 – He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad. – Raphael Sabatini, “Scaramouche”

1925 – Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested. —Franz Kafka, “The Trial” (B. Mitchell translation)

1927 – Elmer Gantry was drunk. – Sinclair Lewis, “Elmer Gantry”

1942 – Mother died today. – Albert Camus, The Stranger (S Gilbert translation)

1952 – I am an invisible man. – Ralph Ellison, “Invisible Man”

1953 – It was a pleasure to burn. – Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451”

1963 – It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York. – Sylvia Plath, “The Bell Jar”

1969 – All this happened, more or less. – Kurt Vonnegut, “Slaughterhouse-Five”

1973 – A screaming comes across the sky. – Thomas Pynchon, “Gravity’s Rainbow”

1988 – Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.                           – Margaret Atwood, “Cat’s Eye”

Reading is FUNdaMENTAL…

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