The meme question for this month is:
What is your favorite opening sentence from a classic novel (and why)?
There are so many favorites that are so prominent and well-loved, and already covered by other bloggers in response to this meme question.
One of my favorite opening lines is from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens that is covered by It’s All About Books. Then there is this infamously famous opening line from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen that is I am sure covered by many bloggers…
It is universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
And then of course, Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier…this opening line is so much embedded into my brain that I didn’t have to look it up or anything. I just typed it in straight out :).
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
Just last month however, I read this classic – One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This was a book that I was reluctant to read. I picked it up from the shelf only because of a lack of any other reading choice. And then, and then, I read this sentence…
Many years later, as he faced the firing squad Colonel Aureliano was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.
And I couldn’t stop reading. It was the perfect bait to reel in a reluctant reader like me and I ended up enjoying the book thoroughly. It just goes to show how a perfect opening line can really sell a book.
What do you think? Would you have got sucked in by that opening line from One Hundred Years of Solitude?
What are your favorite opening lines from books? Go ahead and share in the comments. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a classic.