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30 January 2006

First Line's The Charm Revisited

Last year I posted some of my favourite first lines. Now American Book Review has their own top 100. Like any list of this sort, it's widely open to debate, especially since the list mostly sticks with classics and modern classics. It's still a fun browse. A few of their lines were the same ones I picked. Here are some of my other favourites from their list:

You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a winter's night a traveler. —Italo Calvino, If on a winter's night a traveler (1979; trans. William Weaver)

The moment one learns English, complications set in. —Felipe Alfau, Chromos (1990)

It was the day my grandmother exploded. —Iain M. Banks, The Crow Road (1992)

The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. —G. K. Chesterton, The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904)

I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. —Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle (1948)

Also stop by Dan's for some more favourite lines. Not first ones, mind you. But faves nonetheless.

(h/t: I can't remember! Sorry!)

Comments on "First Line's The Charm Revisited"


Blogger jasdye said ... (1/30/2006 10:56:00 PM) : 

i fear i've read this list before.

still love the huck finn quote, as well as the garcia-marquez (never was able to finish that book).

oh, and the power-punched Beloved.

i was, however, pleasantly surprised to see this there, having largely forgot the book, and sometimes lewis' humor (or, as you like to call it, humour):

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. —C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)


Blogger Marty said ... (1/31/2006 05:35:00 PM) : 

"You better not never tell nobody but God." - Alice Walker, The Color Purple


Blogger MEP said ... (2/01/2006 03:43:00 PM) : 

I'm cracking up over your avatar of the jack-o-lantern throwing up all over the place! That is really funny!

*now that I've got that off my chest, I can read the post*


Blogger Dan Trabue said ... (2/01/2006 08:51:00 PM) : 

I didn't realize until lately how great the title line is from "The Color Purple," (ie, the line from which the title is taken):

"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."

Fun link along these lines:



Blogger jasdye said ... (2/01/2006 09:16:00 PM) : 

yeah, i remember both of those lines. i would hardly argue that it's a great book, but it does have some great pieces in it.


Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (2/01/2006 11:47:00 PM) : 

"I'm cracking up over your avatar of the jack-o-lantern throwing up all over the place!"

Yeah, my jack-o-lantern caught the State of the Union speech. Zing!


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