Okay, so here’s this week’s Booking Through Thursday theme:
What are your favorite first sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of its first sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn’t like but still remember simply because of the first line?
I think one of my favorite first lines belongs to my favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice (of course!) as Jane Austen sets the stage in humorous understatement:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
I also dearly loved Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, with the memorable opening line encapsulating the best and worst of times (as well as Dickens’ typical use of language, lots of it):
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.
I also loved Marianne Robinson’s beautiful prose in her novel Gilead expressed in her first line, though the story itself was somber and slow:
I told you last night that I might be gone sometime, and you said, Where, and I said, to be with the Good Lord, and you said, Why, and I said, Because I’m old, and you said, I don’t think you’re old.
Finally, a first line that speaks of Life and Eternity found in a God who speaks and acts…
In the beginning, God… (Gen. 1:1)
What about you? Any first lines you love? Hate? Let us know! And check out other responses over at the Booking Through Thursday site.
Wife and mother, Bible teacher and blogger, Lisa loves Jesus, coffee, dark chocolate and, of course, books. Read more of her reflections at Lisa writes….