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Ink Tue Apr 22 2008

Best Opening Line

Playing off the American Book Review list of best opening lines in literature, what is your favorite opening line from a book?

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Alice / April 22, 2008 11:14 AM

The best opening lines are those that you remember years after you've read the book. These are the best from some of my favorite books of all time:

"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink."
--from I Captured the Castle

"Where's Papa going with that ax?"
--from Charlotte's Web

"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show."
--from David Copperfield (okay, I had to look this one up to remember the exact wording)

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