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Great Beginnings: Opening Lines of Great Novels

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  19 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A great novel's opening paragraph creates a magical space that draws in its reader. In an instant, the vista of an intriguing and wondrous world beckons. Great Beginnings presents hundreds of these glorious openings, from the early nineteenth century to the present, each one pulling us into a new and different universe. Some novelists stroll unhurriedly into their stories, ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 1993 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Kent
Mar 11, 2016 Kent rated it it was ok
Not as intriguing as you'd think. It's kind of like seeing a bunch of perfect breasts with no heads or bodies attached, or tasting delicious food in a drop of chemical aroma instead of eating.
Joanna
Apr 21, 2014 Joanna rated it it was ok
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For such a cute little book with such a promising premise, this turned out to be much more ponderous than I had hoped or expected. It felt oddly repetitious, and really pretty dull.
Debbie Carter
Mar 18, 2016 Debbie Carter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing, nonfiction
Essential for every writer's bookshelf.
Vonia
Concept? Ingenious. Execution? Not so genius. This is nothing but a compilation; Ensign doing the work of a librarian, collecting the beginning lines of the classics. She could have done so much more, like sort them, discuss them, explicate on why authors may have made the decisions they made in their writing. I will note that in the sequel, Great Endings, Ensign does redeem herself somewhat...
Chelsie
Jan 10, 2008 Chelsie rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a great book. It gave me a whole new list of books I want to read and it helped me realize the effort that goes into starting a novel, and capturing a reader. I loved it.
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