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Great Beginnings: Opening Lines of Great Novels
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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Oct 19, 2013 Vonia rated it it was ok
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...