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Beckett Trilogy
4.29
First sentence: "I am in my mother's room."

P. 99: "That we thought of ourselves as members of a vast organization was doubtless also due to the all to...more
Oct 03, 2011
May 26, 2011
 
The World Without You
3.38
First sentence: "'Here', she says, 'I'll get you a sweater.'"

P. 99: ""She's at one baseline with a bucket at her feet, and Clarissa, at the other base...more
May 24, 2012
Apr 03, 2012
 
Mrs Dalloway
3.76
I enjoyed this book immensely. And though I must have read it before (in high-school), I didn't remember anything about it.
The book follows Clarissa...more
Jul 29, 2012
Jun 19, 2011
 
The Sense of an Ending
3.68
This is really an intriguing book, I thought. One that I definitely have to re-read. I can't say I liked Tony Webster very much, but I found he could...more
Nov 21, 2012
Aug 14, 2011
 
The Summer Without Men
3.31
First sentence: "Sometime after he said the word pause, I went mad and landed in the hospital."
P. 99: "Comedies end in marriage, tragedies in death."
L...more
Aug 05, 2012
Jun 28, 2011
 
The Woman in White
3.97
First sentence: "This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve."

P. 99: "I doubted for a moment whet...more
Nov 14, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
 
A Christmas Tree
2.71
First sentence: "I have been looking on, this evening, at a merry company of children assembled round that pretty German toy, a Christmas Tree."

Last s...more
Dec 25, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
 
The Painted Veil
3.87
I had never read anything by W. Somerset Maugham, because I thought it would be a heavy and difficult read. This book belonged to my grandfather and I...more
Feb 17, 2014
Jun 18, 2011
 
The Skin of Water
3.99
This story is set against the background of WW II in Hungary. Zeno is a young man, who isn't really interested in politics and who doesn't really know...more
Oct 20, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
 
Falk: A Reminiscence
3.67
First sentence: "Several of us, all more or less connected with the sea, were dining in a small river-hostelry not more than thirty miles from London,...more
Jan 14, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
 
The Hothouse By the East River
3.77
First sentence: "If it were only true that all's well that ends well, if it were only true."

Last sentence: "She turns to the car, he following her, wa...more
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
 
John Thorndyke's Cases
3.79
R. Austin Freeman, John Thorndyke's Cases (1909).

First sentence: "There are, I suppose, few places even on the east coast of England more lonely and r...more
Dec 04, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
 
The Dunwich Horror
4.05
First sentence: "Gorgons and Hydras, and Chimaeras - dire stories of Celaeno and the Harpies - may reproduce themselves in the brain of superstition -...more
Dec 29, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
The Alchemist
3.40
The Alchemist, was written when Lovecraft was only 18 or 19.

Summary taken from Wikipedia:

The story is recounted by the protagonist, Count Antoine de...more
Dec 30, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
The Outsider
4.12
First sentence: "Unhappy is he to whom the memories of childhood bring only fear and sadness."

Last sentence: "This I have known ever since I stretched...more
Dec 31, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
The Whisperer in the Darkness
3.99
First sentence: "Bear in mind closely that I did not see any actual visual horror at the end."

Last sentence: "For the things in the chair, perfect to...more
Dec 30, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
The Battle of Life
3.12
First sentence: "Once upon a time, it matters little when, and in stalwart England, it matters little where, a fierce battle was fought."

Last sentence...more
Dec 26, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
 
Between the Land and the Sea
4.00
First sentence: "The surfer sat upright on his board, blue eyes intensely focused as he scanned the action at the breakers."
P. 99: "No one joined us,...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
 
The Wasp Factory
3.88
Weird book with rather weird ending, but I liked it very much anyway....
May 18, 2014
Apr 16, 2013
 
The Mystery of Cloomber
3.67
First sentence: "I John Fothergill West, student of Law in the University of St. Andrews, have endeavoured in the ensuing pages to lay my statement be...more
Jan 04, 2012
Nov 17, 2011
 
Dream Junkies
3.82
First sentence: "Most times when I'm out on a date, I feel like an actress on stage giving a great performance in a second-rate theatre."

P. 99: "What...more
Feb 2012
Nov 15, 2011
 
The Handmaid's Tale
3.98
not set
May 26, 2011
 
Shakespeare's Sonnets
4.24
From Wikipedia: A collection of 154 sonnets, dealing with themes such as the passage of time, love, beauty and mortality, first published in a 1609 qu...more
not set
Aug 08, 2011
 
The Journey
3.52
First sentence: "The open arms of the darkness embraced the being, the one that had been called Th'bir."

Last sentence: "His footprints soon erased fro...more
May 16, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
 
Typhoon
3.68
First sentence: "Captain MacWhirr, of the steamer Nan-Shan, had a physiognomy that, in the order of material appearances, was the exact counterpart of...more
Jan 14, 2012
Nov 16, 2011
 
The Woodlanders (Penguin Classics)
3.77
First sentence: “The rambler who, for old association or other reasons, should trace the forsaken coach-road running almost in a meridional line from...more
Oct 17, 2010
Jun 18, 2011
 
The Lost World
3.88
First sentence: "Mr. Hungerton, her father, really was the most tactless person upon earth, - a fluffy, feathery, untidy cockatoo of a man, perfectly...more
Feb 13, 2012
Nov 17, 2011
 
This Side of Paradise
3.68
First sentence: "Amory Blaine inherited from his mother every trait, except the stray inexpressible few, that made him worth while."

P. 99: "The fundam...more
Mar 19, 2012
Nov 12, 2011
 
Childhood
3.67
First sentence: "On the 12th of August 18_ (just three days after my tenth birthday, when I had been given wonderful presents), I was awakened at seve...more
Feb 06, 2012
Nov 23, 2011
 
The Chinese Maze Murders: A Judge Dee Mystery
4.07
First sentence: "Judge Dee leaned back in his chair."

P. 99: "Chien stared at the judge with burning eyes."

Last sentence: "He swung himself in the sadd...more
Jun 13, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
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