1. “She strutted into my office wearing a dress that clung to her
like Saran Wrap to a sloppily butchered pork knuckle, bone and sinew
jutting and lurching asymmetrically beneath its folds, the
tightness exaggerating the granularity of the suet and causing what
little palatable meat there was to sweat, its transparency the
thief of imagination.”
- Chris Wieloch
No? Perhaps you’re not into detective fiction. Try a love story:
2. “As he told her that he loved her she gazed into his eyes,
wondering, as she noted the infestation of eyelash mites, the tiny
deodicids burrowing into his follicles to eat the greasy sebum
therein, each female laying up to 25 eggs in a single follicle,
causing inflammation, whether the eyes are truly the windows of the
soul; and, if so, his soul needed regrouting.”
— Cathy Bryant
Not bad. But perhaps a metaphor is better: Continue reading
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They say you can’t judge a book by its cover.
A good cover may make us pick the book up and think about buying it.
But it’s the first lines are crucial in helping us decide whether we are going to keep reading or not.
For my own part, I’ve read plenty of good books whose first lines I don’t remember.
I even tore out the first three pages of one of my favorite novels – The Poisonwood Bible – when I came to re-read it. (Thank God I persisted that first time. )
But all in all, you can never underestimate the power of a good opening line.
Here are 43 of the best in Literature: Continue reading