Thursday, October 14, 2010

Best First & Last Lines of Novels....What is Your Favorite Line?

Yesterday after work I took the opportunity to sit outside next to the pool that is now too cool to swim in and enjoyed breathing in the fresh air and listening to the birds, squirrels and chipmunks as they flitted and scurried about with their still busy day.  It reminded me a bit of how Snow White must have felt as the forest animals frolicked about her bring peace and tranquility into a stress filled life and it lead me to wonder about books and how authors have used great first lines to hook readers.  Thus I posted the following on my FaceBook page:  Nikki Robertson is sitting by the pool pondering what are the best first & last lines of novels....what is your favorite line?

Please post you favorite first or last lines from novels......

True to the nature of my FB friends responses rolled in.  Here are just a few:

My contribution:   The human head is of the same approximate size and weight as a roaster chicken. I have never before had occasion to make the comparison, for never before today have I seen a head in a roasting pan.

Mabry Lizars Brumbach Once upon a time...

Sandee Joyner Whittingslow And they lived happily ever after!
Marily MoMo Febre The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.
Leslie Lanning Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.
Jennifer DuVall In order for there to be an "us", there has to be a 'them".
Judson Patten ‎"I'll think of it all tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I'll think of some way to get him back. After all, Tomorrow is another day."

Leslie Lanning Of course, I always liked "As I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home." I loved The Outsiders.

Amanda Henry ‎"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."-1984
"They shoot the white girl first."- Paradise

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