first line friday

17 Jul

It’s a classic but oh so appropriate for setting the tone of a great novel. It’s also one of my favorite books 🙂

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

How do you get any better than that? Okay, the book I’m currently reading might give P&P a run for it’s money. The first line of Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is this:

My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.

What’s the first line of the book you’re reading? Or one of your favorite first lines?


One Response to “first line friday”

  1. DD August 27, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    Call me Ishmael. KIDDING! Probably “You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino’s new novel, If on a winter’s night a traveler.” But “Nick Naylor had been called many things since becoming chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies, but until now no one had actually compared him to Satan” is pretty good!

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