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What is the best (in your opinion) opening line to a novel that made you want to read on? please the name of the novel, its author and title...

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vultan answers:

I don't usually remember opening lines of novels beyond the obvious, famous ones.

Two I do really like, though, are: "A screaming comes across the sky." from Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon.

And "Believe me pards, we’re living in an age of myths and miracles." from King of the City by Michael Moorcock.

The first because it's a very haunting image, the second because it establishes the lovely tone of cracked intimacy that characterises the rest of the book.


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imfeduptoo answers:

I may be a bit biased........the best opening line, which is also the title, IMO, is:

" A Funny Thing Happened to me on the Way to my Funeral".

Author - Me

Not finished yet so don't all go rushing out to buy it!


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