Apr. 16th, 2005 10:57 pm
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Stolen from several people.

1. Choose five of your all time favorite books.
2. Take the first sentence of the first chapter and make a list in your journal.
3. Don't reveal the author or the title of the book.
4. Now everyone try and guess.

No way could I limit this to just five. I love looking at first lines. I have a book called "In the beginning" which is a compilation of great first lines from many books. I helped my team in the Brown trivia contest win a bonus question because I knew some first lines (probably the Suicidal Zippers, as [ profile] unzeugmatic will recall).

And there's this web site to explore.

OK, here's mine . Some should be pretty easy.

1. When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.

2. Three gulls wheel above the broken boxes, orangerinds, spoiled cabbage heads that heave between the splintered plank walls, the green waves spume under the round bow as the ferry, skidding on the tide, crashes, gulps the broken water, slides, settles slowly into the slip.

3. I went back to the Devon School not long ago, and found it looking oddly newer than when I was a student there fifteen years before.

4. 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.

5. In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

6. It was a dark and stormy night.

7. Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

8. For the first fifteen years of our lives, Danny and I lived within five blocks of each other and neither of us knew of the other’s existence.

9. The airline plip plopped down the runway to a halt before the big sign: Welcome to Cyprus.

Date: 2005-04-17 10:59 am (UTC)
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#1 is To Kill a Mockingbird and #7 is Rebecca, and is #3 A Separate Peace?

Date: 2005-04-17 01:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Correct on all three.

Date: 2005-04-17 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
[ profile] knitress got all the ones I knew immediately! #5 is THE GREAT GATSBY, which I love, but had to be reminded about the first line when it appeared on someone else's list.

#6 is a joke, right? I know of the Bulwer-Lytton awards, and I absolutely adored Snoopy use of this line. In fact, I first became obsessed with the idea of being a novelist when Snoopy was in the process of writing his great epic!


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