Thursday, July 24, 2008

BTT - Beginnings

This week's Booking Through Thursday question is:

Suggested by: Nithin

Here’s another idea about memorable first lines from books.

What are your favourite first sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of its first sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn’t like but still remember simply because of the first line?

Two come to mind. Both are from books that I had to read for school. One I thought was as boring as watching paint dry and the other I adored. I have read them since, and I did change my mind on the first and the other one is a favourite of mine.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: "In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since."


Anonymous said...

Ahhh!!!! Good response! A Tale of Two Cities and The Great Gatsby do have very memorable first lines!

SmilingSally said...

Probably Gatsby was the 11th grade and Tale of Two Cities was the 12th.

Leya said...

literatehousewife, I admit that the first line of A Tale of Two Cities, probably is a the most famous of the two. I think it was the only thing that I liked about the book, the first time around.

smilingsal, you are correct! :D