Poll

Sometimes the first line of a book just grabs you by the nostrils and drags your fool head into its pages, preventing escape in any way, shape or form. Which of these opening lines has its phalanges most firmly planted in your nasal cavities?

"Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much."

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
 
  501 votes, 6.1%

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

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
 
  415 votes, 5.0%

"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink."

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
 
  403 votes, 4.9%

"He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad."

Scaramouche by Raphael Sabatini
 
  401 votes, 4.9%

"It was a pleasure to burn."

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
 
  369 votes, 4.5%

"There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
 
  338 votes, 4.1%

"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth."

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
 
  309 votes, 3.7%

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
 
  306 votes, 3.7%

"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
 
  261 votes, 3.2%

"All children, except one, grow up."

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
 
  240 votes, 2.9%

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
 
  236 votes, 2.9%

"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."

1984 by George Orwell
 
  228 votes, 2.8%

"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small, unregarded yellow sun."

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
 
  218 votes, 2.6%

Bah! Foolish poll-maker-person! The nostril seizing power of these paltry lines is minimal, at best! Look to the comments section where I shall carefully type out my choice, which you have so imprudently omitted!
 
  206 votes, 2.5%

"As Gregor Samsa awoke from a night of uneasy dreaming, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect."

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
 
  200 votes, 2.4%

"He— for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it— was in the act of slicing at the head of a Moor which swung from the rafters."

Orlando by Virginia Woolf
 
  197 votes, 2.4%

"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
 
  197 votes, 2.4%

"All this happened, more or less."

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
 
  193 votes, 2.3%

"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins."

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
 
  189 votes, 2.3%

“'To be born again,' sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, 'first you have to die.'”

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
 
  183 votes, 2.2%

"It was the day my grandmother exploded."

The Crow Road by Iain Banks
 
  183 votes, 2.2%

"There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife."

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
 
  170 votes, 2.1%

"Mother died today."

The Stranger by Albert Camus
 
  169 votes, 2.0%

"Of all the things that drive men to sea, the most common disaster, I've come to learn, is women."

Middle Passage by Charles Johnson
 
  163 votes, 2.0%

"Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person."

Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
 
  158 votes, 1.9%

"I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice - not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany."

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
 
  129 votes, 1.6%

"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."

Neuromancer by William Gibson
 
  128 votes, 1.5%

"I am a sick man . . . I am a spiteful man."

Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
 
  124 votes, 1.5%

"Call me Ishmael."

Moby Dick by Herman Melville
 
  107 votes, 1.3%

"No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were being scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water."

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
 
  104 votes, 1.3%

“'When your mama was the geek, my dreamlets,' Papa would say, 'she made the nipping off of noggins such a crystal mystery that the hens themselves yearned toward her, waltzing around her, hypnotized with longing.'”

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
 
  101 votes, 1.2%

"The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up."

The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton
 
  95 votes, 1.1%

"The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new."

Murphy by Samuel Beckett
 
  94 votes, 1.1%

"There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim and we sat in the Korova milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening."

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
 
  94 votes, 1.1%

"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show."

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
 
  93 votes, 1.1%

"When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon."

The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
 
  87 votes, 1.1%

"Most really pretty girls have pretty ugly feet, and so does Mindy Metalman, Lenore notices, all of a sudden."

The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace
 
  85 votes, 1.0%

"For a long time, I went to bed early."

Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
 
  78 votes, 0.9%

"Ages ago, Alex, Allen and Alva arrived at Antibes, and Alva allowing all, allowing anyone, against Alex's admonition, against Allen's angry assertion: another African amusement . . . anyhow, as all argued, an awesome African army assembled and arduously advanced against an African anthill, assiduously annihilating ant after ant, and afterward, Alex astonishingly accuses Albert as also accepting Africa's antipodal ant annexation."

Alphabetical Africa by Walter Abish
 
  65 votes, 0.8%

"When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere."

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
 
  64 votes, 0.8%

"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."

Paul Clifford by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
 
  53 votes, 0.6%

"I have never begun a novel with more misgiving."

The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
 
  46 votes, 0.6%

"Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing."

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
 
  38 votes, 0.5%

"My lady and I are being shut up in a tower for seven years"

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
 
  37 votes, 0.4%

"The moment one learns English, complications set in."

Chromos by Felipe Alfau
 
  34 votes, 0.4%

"'Barabbas came to us by sea', the child Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy."

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
 
  31 votes, 0.4%

"Dr. Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature."

The Debut by Anita Brookner
 
  31 votes, 0.4%

"When I was three and Bailey was four, we had arrived in the musty little town, wearing tags on our wrists which instructed - 'To Whom It May Concern' - that we were Marguerite and Bailey Johnson Jr., from Long Beach, California, en route to Stamps, Arkansas, c/o Mrs. Annie Henderson."

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
 
  31 votes, 0.4%

"Of Herbert West, who was my friend in college and in after life, I can speak only with extreme terror."

Herbert West: Reanimator and Other Stories by H.P. Lovecraft
 
  31 votes, 0.4%

"What if this young woman, who writes such bad poems, in competition with her husband, whose poems are equally bad, should stretch her remarkably long and well-made legs out before you, so that her skirt slips up to the tops of her stockings?"

Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things by Gilbert Sorrentino
 
  25 votes, 0.3%

"Every summer Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu."

Waiting by Ha Jin
 
  24 votes, 0.3%


Poll added by: Mark



This Poll is About

Authors:
Douglas Adams, Anne Tyler, Jane Austen, Herman Melville, Ray Bradbury, Isabel Allende, John Irving, Salman Rushdie, Maya Angelou, George Orwell, David Foster Wallace, Sylvia Plath, Vladimir Nabokov, Franz Kafka, Anthony Burgess, Dodie Smith, Virginia Woolf, Iain Banks, Ha Jin, Katherine Dunn, William Gibson, H.P. Lovecraft, Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Anita Brookner, John Wyndham, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Shannon Hale, Rafael Sabatini, Gilbert Sorrentino, James Crumley, Charles R. Johnson, Walter Abish, Leo Tolstoy, Marcel Proust, Charles Dickens, Felipe Alfau, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.D. Salinger, H.G. Wells, Albert Camus, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Samuel Beckett, Kurt Vonnegut, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, W. Somerset Maugham, J.M. Barrie, G.K. Chesterton

Books:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) Anna Karenina One Hundred Years of Solitude Pride and Prejudice Don Quixote (Don Quijote de la Mancha) Fahrenheit 451 A Prayer for Owen Meany Slaughterhouse-Five The Catcher in the Rye 1984 The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe) The Bell Jar The Broom of the System Lolita The War of the Worlds The House of the Spirits The Crow Road Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1) The Satanic Verses I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Geek Love Notes from Underground Orlando Neuromancer (Sprawl #1) I Capture the Castle Back When We Were Grownups The Razor's Edge Peter Pan The Stranger The Napoleon of Notting Hill 해리포터와 마법사의 돌 2 (Harry Potter #1, part 2 of 2) David Copperfield The Debut The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3) A Clockwork Orange Middle Passage Waiting Book of a Thousand Days The Metamorphosis The Last Good Kiss The Day of the Triffids Paul Clifford Chromos Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things Scaramouche Alphabetical Africa Moby Dick. The Graveyard Book Herbert West: Reanimator and Other Stories

Comments (showing 151-200 of 222) (222 new)


message 151: by Tabitha (last edited Mar 11, 2012 10:33PM) (new)

Tabitha Ormiston-Smith "Once upon a time, in a gloomy castle on a lonely hill, where there were thirteen clocks that wouldn't go, there lived a cold, aggressive Duke, and his niece, the Princess Saralinda."

James Thurber, The Thirteen Clocks


message 152: by Julia (new)

Julia I wonder how many people voted for the book they liked best rather than the opening line that "caught" them most...


message 153: by Serena (new)

Serena Julia wrote: "I wonder how many people voted for the book they liked best rather than the opening line that "caught" them most..."

That was something I wondered when I first came across the poll. I hope that people are taking it in the spirit presented, though, 'cause this is a neat thought.

(Although I even felt weird about choosing a book I had never read, but of the lines presented here, it was the one that really drew me in and made me want to track down that book and read it.)


message 154: by [deleted user] (new)

So many good choices. I like the Owen Meany line, but I think it means so much more after you've read the book; and the War of the Worlds line is wonderful when read aloud but feels a litte clunky, at times, on the page. The first line of 1984 really works for me because it so cogently initiates the sense of discord that runs relentlessly through the novel.

Cool poll.


message 155: by Ikè (new)

Ikè Theses are so good. So good.


message 156: by Meghan (new)

Meghan "When I was nine years old I hid under a table and heard my sister kill a king."

Quest For A Maid, by Francis Mary Hendry

Hooked me right from the beginning! I love this book!


message 157: by Nate (new)

Nate Lindsay wrote: "I have actually read the Metamorphosis in English and German. It is the only respectable book I have read in German. I can't say that I loved the book. In either language. But you can't help bu..."

Esspecially considering the second line is the climax of the book and the rest is all falling action into Dénouement. Not the best book or read on the list but the most perfect opening line on it.


message 158: by Zelyaine (new)

Zelyaine This was actually a pretty good list for exploring interesting new books to read... Still deciding on which first line seized my nostrils with the most alacrity, but while going through the list I definitely ran at least 7-8 searches on GoodReads for some of these.


message 159: by M (new)

M WAY TOO MANY OPTIONS!


message 160: by Elouise (new)

Elouise Wowsers, there are way too many to pick from!!
The Hobbit, Peter Pan, Pride and Prejudice, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Whichever shall I chose?? :)


message 161: by [deleted user] (new)

Love the name/description of this poll!


Sariah the Authoress Heeeey, the hundred best opening lines or whatever!


message 163: by Emmalee (new)

Emmalee These are good, (And I voted for Geek Love, which I have not read) but I want to suggest a couple others.

The first line of John Varley's Steel Beech Goes like this "'In five years the penis will become obsolete."

Also, Spellbound, by Blake Charlton,

"Francesca did not realize she had used an indefinite pronoun until it began to kill her patient."


It Makes Sense In Context the best first line is

"im dead but its not so bad. ive learned to live withit." from warm bodies by issac marion


message 165: by Kelley (new)

Kelley It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

This is my favorite sentence of all time, not just book opening lines. Mostly because my 8th grade English teacher made the comment that she could digram any sentence that we had read in a book - this was my suggestion. She acctually did digram it. It took all three room size chalkboards and very small hand writting but she did it. I was very glad she had a good sense of humor.


message 166: by Mille (new)

Mille I voted for Peter Pan, but Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Day of the Triffids were close, too. xD

Also, I wanted to suggest, from Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones:
"In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three."


message 167: by Julian (new)

Julian Griffith "Snow was falling on Riverside, great white feather-puffs that veiled the cracks in its ruined houses; slowly softening the harsh contours of jagged roof and fallen beam." -Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner


message 168: by Skyril (new)

Skyril Haha!
Ok first, Poll-maker, I like you.

Secondly, I didn't expect to find my favorite line here, but the beginning line to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comes in a close second, followed by Pride and Prejudice....

However, the line that most fiercly grabbed my nasal cavaties was this: "Gordon Edgley's death came as a shock to everyone -not least himself." From Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant.


message 169: by Emily (new)

Emily "So, there I was, tied to an altar made from outdated encyclopedias, about to get scarified to the dark powers by a cult of evil Librarians."

- Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson


message 170: by Manuela (new)

Manuela Lindsay wrote: "I have actually read the Metamorphosis in English and German. It is the only respectable book I have read in German. I can't say that I loved the book. In either language. But you can't help bu..."

I thought exactly the same thing but I read it only in German and after that I thought the Kaffka was quite a sick man!!!


message 171: by M (new)

M Kafka is not sick. He's a poor, poor and troubled man. Don't hurry to judge, he hadn't had a pleasant life.


message 172: by Manuela (new)

Manuela 丹娜 wrote: "Kafka is not sick. He's a poor, poor and troubled man. Don't hurry to judge, he hadn't had a pleasant life."

Well, he was in an institution and that's where usually sick people go, does mentally disturbed sound better? I had to read quite a few of his stories and he is still on the curriculum in Germany. But then from the choices it was the only story that I actually have read although Jane Austen seems to be a more popular read. Started that one but never finished it.


message 173: by Kim (new)

Kim Ciniello You rock Mr. Pollmaker. Rock on.


message 174: by M (new)

M Manuela wrote: "丹娜 wrote: "Kafka is not sick. He's a poor, poor and troubled man. Don't hurry to judge, he hadn't had a pleasant life."

Well, he was in an institution and that's where usually sick people go, does..."


Institutions? Ha! He was stuck in a one-bedroom apartment his whole life above that stinky Piaza(how do you translate piaza? btw) in Prague! He was psychologically damaged... I mean, hello! Gregor....


message 175: by Kim (new)

Kim Ciniello Emily wrote: ""So, there I was, tied to an altar made from outdated encyclopedias, about to get scarified to the dark powers by a cult of evil Librarians."

- Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson"

Yes...that grabbed me too. But then he cheated. Should have expected that.


message 176: by Hannah (last edited Jun 03, 2013 12:20PM) (new)

Hannah 'When I was little, my dad would tell me, "Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose." This seemed like a reasonably astute observation to me when I was eight, but it turns out to be incorrect on a few levels. To begin with, you cannot possibly pick your friends, or else I never would have ended up with Tiny Cooper.'
- Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.


message 177: by Nichola (new)

Nichola Wow, I couldn't answer your poll because I got bored reading the options :/


message 178: by M (new)

M Nichola wrote: "Wow, I couldn't answer your poll because I got bored reading the options :/"

Honesty is your middle name, isn't it? :)


message 179: by Nichola (new)

Nichola Lol, sorry I could have been a little more eloquent with my feedback. What I meant to point out was that having so many options made it a little bit too difficult to choose. I didn't mean to offend i'm sorry if I did. I consider myself reprimanded and it is duly noted :)


message 180: by M (new)

M No, it's alright. I mean, you're right. There are too many to read! I doubt anyone made it to the end and still awake, even slightly.


message 181: by Nichola (new)

Nichola Of the ones that I did read the bell jar won :)


message 182: by Lostshadows (new)

Lostshadows Lots of great choices, but I had to vote for The Crow Road.

I might have been sucked in by the opening sentences of several, but that was the one I bought almost entirely due to the opening sentence.


message 183: by Kat (new)

Kat I will not vote because i can't vote for more than 1


Anastacia ~Always Watching~ Asbury "I had not found a way to stop time, join the circus, or turn invisable."

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet


Sentimental Surrealist The passage from Orlando is certainly not the sort of thing you forget; however, my overall vote is "a screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now..." from Gravity's Rainbow.


message 186: by Linda (new)

Linda "My name is Robinette Broadhead, in spite of which I am male". Frederick Pohl from Gateway.


message 187: by Jacob (new)

Jacob Murray Eragon by Christopher Paolini: "Wind howled through the night, carrying a scent that would change the world. A tall Shade lifted his head and the air."


message 188: by Erika (new)

Erika I also liked the first line of The Gunslinger: "The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."


message 189: by Paul (last edited Jun 03, 2013 03:57AM) (new)

Paul "It began as a mistake." Post Office


 ~☆ Alice♥♥ Sara wrote: ""Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier"

I would vote for that one too but I don't see it there.


message 191: by Anarchic Rain (new)

Anarchic Rain hard choice. really, really hard choice. I choose Anna Karenina, but there are two books even: Fahrenheit 451 and Pride and prejudice.


message 192: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer "There is one mirror in my house. It's behind a sliding panel in the upstairs hallway. Our Faction allows me to stand in front of it on the second day of every third month when my mother cuts my hair."
Veronica Roth Divergent
That Is the book that fits this description
"Sometimes the first line of a book just grabs you by the nostrils and drags your fool head into its pages, preventing escape in any way, shape or form. Which of these opening lines has its phalanges most firmly planted in your nasal cavities?"
Thank you very much:)


message 193: by Gorsh (new)

Gorsh I HAD to sign up to GoodReads just to say this: A Clockwork Orange's first line is wrong... the actual first line is simply (and powerfully):

“What’s it going to be then, eh?”

... and then the quoted part. It makes a whole world of difference, to be greeted by that question at your face, than the otherwise simpler "who-when-where" that follows; so much in fact, than here in Argentina there was a widely known punk rock song titled after this line itself...

That. Now it's out of my system...


message 194: by Cristina (new)

Cristina "-Puedo dejarte uno de mis brazos para esta noche- dijo la muchacha. Se quitó el brazo derecho desde el hombro y, con la mano izquierda, lo colocó sobre mi rodilla."

One Arm, by Yasunari Kawabata

[In love with it. I don't have the english version, I have the book in Spanish :P sorry. But I just LOVE LOVE this. I HAD to read the little story the minute I hovered through that line. Beautiful.]


message 195: by Jason (last edited Jul 15, 2013 01:52AM) (new)

Jason Cummins I almost changed my vote just because I believe Don Quixote deserves more than 32 votes. I loved that book I thought it was hilarious.

But this is my all time favorite opening line:

“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come to pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past…”
The Wheel Of Time: Eye Of The World By Robert Jordan


message 196: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea I really like Bradbury's "It was a pleasure to burn", but among my other favourites are:

"Some years ago there was in the city of York a society of magicians." (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell)

"On the day that his grannie was killed by the English, Sir William Scott the Younger of Buccleuch was at Melrose Abbey, marring his aunt." (The Disorderly Knights)

"Not to every young girl is it given to enter the harem of the Sultan of Turkey and return to her homeland a virgin." (The Ringed Castle)


message 197: by Mydie (new)

Mydie tarea "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold."


message 198: by Mydie (new)

Mydie tarea "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold."


message 199: by Adam (new)

Adam Lynn wrote: ""The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

Stephen King's best opening sentence.

I also love GWTW: "Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but few realized it when caught..."


I agree with the King quote. Read it as a kid and it has never escaped my head.


message 200: by Aidan (last edited Nov 25, 2013 03:05PM) (new)

Aidan Watson-Morris how about a top five:

A screaming comes across the sky.
from Gravity's Rainbow by thomas pynchon

You are about to being reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a winter's night a traveler.
from If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by italo calvino

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.
from One Hundred Years of Solitude by gabriel garcia marquez

In the beginning, sometimes I left messages in the street.
from Wittgenstein’s Mistress by david markson

-Money?. . .in a voice that rustled.
from JR by william gaddis


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