Article published on December 24, 2015.
These are the opening lines from which books?
- Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stair head, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed
- I have just returned from a visit to my landlord — the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.
- If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap
The Catcher in the Rye
- You better not never tell nobody but God
The Colour Purple
- In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains
A Farewell to Arms
- A squat grey building of only thirty-four storeys. Over the main entrance the words, Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre, and, in a shield, the World State’s Motto, Community, Identity, Stability
Brave New World
- It was 7 minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears’ house.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
- I became what I am today at the age of 12, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of
The Kite Runner
- I’d never given much thought to how I would die – though I’d had reason enough in the last few months – but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this
- Here is an account of a few years in the life of Quoyle, born in Brooklyn and raised in a shuffle of dreary towns
The Shipping News
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein