Monday, July 27, 2015

BEST FIRST LINES OF FICTION

THE JOYS OF LITERATURE 
     towards an international library  
© Farouk Asvat  

     a beginner's guide to the best first lines of fiction -
     to understand the cultures of the world in the context of our time. 

[] BEST FIRST LINES OF FICTION  

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. 
     ● Anna Karenina: Leo Tolstoy

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: Gabriel García Márquez

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: Jane Austen

Now is the winter of our discontent 
Made glorious summer by this sun of York; 
     ● Richard III: William Shakespeare  (Edward de Vere)

"You see, my dear Sophie, I am keeping my word." 
     ● Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Choderlos De Laclos

Call me Ishmael. 
     ● Moby Dick: Herman Melville

It was the best of times, 
it was the worst of times, 
     ● A Tale Of Two Cities: Charles Dickens

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about helplessly as he looked. 
     ● Metamorphosis: Franz Kafka

I am nothing but a corpse now, a body at the bottom of a well.  Though I drew my last breath long ago and my heart has stopped beating, no one, apart from that vile murderer, knows what's happened to me. 
     ● My Name Is Red: Orhan Pamuk


And One of Non-Fiction: 

Under the volcanoes, beside the snow-capped mountains, among the huge lakes,
the fragrant, the silent, the tangled Chilean forest …  
     ● Memoirs: Pablo Neruda


© farouk asvat

composed: 2010 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid].

[] Acknowledgements:

Best First Lines of Fiction was previously published in:

     Weapons of Words (kindle, 2016);
     Weapons of Words (amazon paperback, p117, 2016).

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