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Opening Lines…

Posted in Literature/Poetry by raydon on септември 13, 2007

Well… if this is to be the first post in this blog… let’s fill it with whorty opening lines :) Please feel free to add your favourites as comments. After all – we ARE what we READ :)

„Over the weekend the vultures got into the presidential palace by pecking through the screens on the balcony windows and the flapping of their wings stirred up the stagnant time inside, and at dawn on Monday the city awoke out of its lethargy of centuries with the warm, soft breeze of a great man dead and rotting grandeur.“

The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

„Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.“

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

„Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.

She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.“

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

„Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.“

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

„You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.“

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

„It seems increasingly likely that I really will undertake the expedition that has been preoccupying my imagination for some days. “

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishigiro

„The idea of eternal return is a mysterious one, and Nietzsche has often perplexed other philosophers with it: to think that everything recurs as we once experienced it, and that the recurrence itself recurs ad infinitum!“

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

„It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.“

1984 by George Orwell

„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 the David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like getting into it, if you want to know the truth.“

Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

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