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News Thu Apr 17 2008

Best Lines in Literature

American Book Review compiled a list of the 100 best first lines from novels. The opening lines from Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Herzog by Saul Bellow, recent book club selection Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, plus many more writers with a local connection made the list.

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lala72 / April 18, 2008 1:23 AM

Many of these are so absurd that this list can't be taken seriously. Have these people any idea how to write???

What nonsense.

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