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message 1: by Lori, Super Mod (last edited May 06, 2008 06:01AM) (new)

Lori (TNBBC) | 9066 comments Mod
Hi everyone!
I thought it was high time for another game, and I have been wracking my brain for one. So here we go.

It is called 'Opening Lines'.
Post the opening line from any novel you've read, and the person to guess it correctly can post one from thiers...

So if I were to say:
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"
the person to guess 'Tale of Two Cities' would get to post next....

Have fun!

message 2: by Lori, Super Mod (last edited May 06, 2008 06:04AM) (new)

Lori (TNBBC) | 9066 comments Mod
Shall I kick it off?

"When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he'd reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him."

message 3: by Jen (new)

Jen | 278 comments Oh oh! That's The Road, right?

I read the beginning of that one and it was so haunting that I had to stop. I hope to pick it up again someday when I have fewer mom hormones coursing through my body.

"Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board."

message 4: by Chloe (new)

Chloe (lolosrun) | 1129 comments Yay for Zora Neal Hurston! I love Their Eyes Were Watching God.

I love this opening line. I came across it randomly when I was doing TEFL teaching a few years back, and it turned me on to one of my all-time favorite authors:

"Hale knew they meant to murder him before he had been in Brighton three hours."

message 5: by Kathy McC (new)

Kathy McC Brighton Rock by Graham Green

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

message 6: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia (PandoraPhoebesMom) | 1826 comments Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austin

A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.

message 7: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 141 comments The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

"It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love."

message 8: by Pooch (new)

Pooch | 44 comments Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel García Márquez

"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. "

message 9: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia (PandoraPhoebesMom) | 1826 comments Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

"The accused man, Kabuo Miyamoto, sat proudly upright with a rigid grace, his palms placed softly on the defendents table - the posture of a man who has detached himself insofar as this is possible at his own trial."

message 10: by Nancy (last edited May 06, 2008 07:26PM) (new)

Nancy Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson

"I've been called Bone all my life, but my name's Ruth Anne."

message 11: by Stacie (new)

Stacie "Bastard out of Carolina" by Dorothy Allison


"The idea of eternal return is a mysterious one, and Nietzche has often preplexed other philosophers with it: to think that everything recurs ad we once experienced it, and that the recurrence itself recurs ad infinitum!"

message 12: by Kathy McC (new)

Kathy McC I have two thoughts- Is it The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Kundera?

"On Friday, June 12th, I woke up at six o'clock and no wonder, it was my birthday."

message 13: by Kathy McC (new)

Kathy McC Hint- subject matter of this book is the Holocaust.

message 14: by Kirsty (last edited May 08, 2008 05:02AM) (new)

Kirsty (kirstybooks) | 618 comments Is it The Book Thief? I really should know, lol, as I just read it last month, but I'm not 100% sure! I must admit, I'm not particularly good at remembering quotes etc from a book...

If i'm right then... next...

At the little town of Vevey, in Switzerland, there is a particularly comfortable hotel

message 15: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia (PandoraPhoebesMom) | 1826 comments
"On Friday, June 12th, I woke up at six o'clock and no wonder, it was my birthday." - is actually the real start to The Diary of Anne Frank

At the little town of Vevey, in Switzerland, there is a particularly comfortable hotel
is from Daisy Miller by Henry James

"There was no possibility of taking a walk that day."

message 16: by Kirsty (new)

Kirsty (kirstybooks) | 618 comments haha... didn't think i was right... oh well! I really should read The Diary of Anne Frank.. I never did in school (wasn't on our reading list).

message 17: by Briony (new)

Briony (rionybay) | 10 comments There was no possiblity of taking a walk that day - Jane Eyre.

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

message 18: by Chloe (new)

Chloe (lolosrun) | 1129 comments George Orwell's 1984.

"Today, Mother is dead."

message 19: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (TNBBC) | 9066 comments Mod
Is that The Stranger... by Camus? I am too lazy to grab it off my bookshelf...
If i am correcct:

The boy with the fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.

message 20: by Chloe (new)

Chloe (lolosrun) | 1129 comments you're right, it was The Stranger.

message 21: by Kathy McC (new)

Kathy McC Lord of the Flies by Golding

"What can you say about a 25-year-old girl who died?"

message 22: by Jaime (new)

Jaime (jaimechm) Love Story by Erich Segal

My turn...

"As most New Yorkers have done, I have given serious and generous thought to the state of my apartment should I get killed during the day."

message 23: by Nancy (new)

Nancy I Was Told There’d Be Cake, by Sloane Crosley

"Current-borne, wave-flung, tugged hugely by the whole might of ocean, the jellyfish drifts in the tidal abyss."

message 24: by Kathy McC (new)

Kathy McC Lathe of Heaven Ursula LeGuin

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

message 25: by Cynthia (last edited May 15, 2008 06:43PM) (new)

Cynthia (PandoraPhoebesMom) | 1826 comments Back When We Were Grownups
by Anne Tyler

"At night I would lie in bed and watch the show, how bees squeezed through the cracks of my bedroom wall and flew circles around the room, making that propeller sound, a high-pitched zzzzzz that hummed along my skin."

message 26: by Connie (new)

Connie | 188 comments The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd

CLARE: It's hard being left behind.

message 27: by Kathy McC (new)

Kathy McC Time Traveler's Wife A. Niffenegger
(This was a great book!)

"Where's Papa going with that ax?"

message 28: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 711 comments Is it Charlotte's Web?

message 29: by Kathy McC (new)

Kathy McC Yes it is. Your turn.

message 30: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 711 comments Ooops, sorry it took me so long to check back!

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

message 31: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
(one of my personal favorites)

"We slept in what had once been the gymnasium."

message 32: by Nancy (new)

Nancy The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood (one of my favorites)

"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect."

message 33: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (haven't read it but I know that line)

"The Madness of an autumn prairie cold front coming through."

message 34: by Nancy (new)

Nancy The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen

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

message 35: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

It was Wang Lung's marriage day.

message 36: by Nancy (new)

Nancy The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck

Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York.

message 37: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia (PandoraPhoebesMom) | 1826 comments A tree grows in Brooklyn / Betty Smith

"THERE ARE SOME MEN WHO ENTER A WOMAN'S LIFE and screw it up forever."

message 38: by Nancy (new)

Nancy One for the Money, by Janet Evanovich

"Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler's pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die."

message 39: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.

message 40: by Kathy McC (new)

Kathy McC The Giver written by Lois Lowrey.

All children, except one, grow up.

message 41: by Kirsty (new)

Kirsty (kirstybooks) | 618 comments Peter Pan by J.M Barrie?

From the river, it looked as if two suns were setting over London

message 42: by Nancy (new)

Nancy The Shakespeare Secret, by Jennifer Lee Carrell

"You didn't see their faces from where you hid behind the maintenance grate."

message 43: by Tracy (last edited May 28, 2008 08:12AM) (new)

Tracy Warchild by Karen Lowachee

Indian summer is like a woman.

message 44: by Kathy McC (new)

Kathy McC Peyton Place Grace Metalious

I remember finding this book in my grandma's bedroom at a young age and feeling the excitement of reading something that I should not have been reading! Thanks for the great memory, Karen!

"124 was spiteful."

message 45: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Beloved, by Toni Morrison

The great gray beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive.

message 46: by Luann (new)

Luann (AZbookgal) The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

(It's so weird, I just added that book to my "to-read" list yesterday - and one of the GR reviewers specifically talked about the first line.)

The road that led to Treegap had been trod out long before by a herd of cows who were, to say the least, relaxed.

message 47: by Tisha (new)

Tisha Tuck Everlasting by Babbit.

Call me Ishmael.

message 48: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (TNBBC) | 9066 comments Mod
Im going to feel like an idiot if I guess this wrong, becuase it sounds so familiar....

Is it Moby Dick? I have that in my to read pile... Its gotta be Moby Dick...

Kino awakened in the near dark.

message 49: by Tisha (new)

Tisha :) yes, its Moby Dick.

message 50: by Val (new)

Val (Valz) | 367 comments The Pearl by Steinbeck

here's my opener:

"It was 7 minutes after midnight."

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