First Lines

photoMaybe I have too much time on my hands but I decided to go through my library and find some first lines that captured my attention in an attempt to improve my own writing skills.

Here they are;

* ‘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.’ – Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities

* ‘I am an invisible man.’ – Ralph Ellison Invisible Man

* ‘When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.’ – Gillian Flynn Gone Girl

* ‘There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb. and he almost deserved it.’ –  C.S. Lewis The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

* ‘This is a story of what a Woman’s patience can endure, and what a Man’s resolution can achieve’ – Wilkie Collins The Woman in White

* ‘In the days following the holocaust, which came to be known as the Great White, there was death and madness.’ – Isobelle Carmody Obernewtyn

* ‘It was a little before nine o’clock, the sun was setting into a bank of smoky violet cloud and I had lost my way.’  – Susan Hill The Small Hand

* ‘My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie’ – Alice Sebold The Lovely Bones

* ‘One thing was certain, that the white kitten had had nothing to do with it: – it was the black kitten’s fault entirely’ – Lewis Carroll Through the Looking Glass

* ‘Jack Torrence thought: Officious little prick.’ – Stephen King The Shining

* ‘When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the cinema, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home’ – S.E. Hinton The Outsiders

* ‘I don’t really know what I am doing here.’ – John Marsden So much to tell you

* ‘Amerigo Bonasera sat in New York Criminal Court Number 3 and waited for justice: vengeance on the men who had so cruelly hurt his daughter, who had tried to dishonour her.’ – Mario Puzo The Godfather

* ‘Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.’ – Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

* ‘I haven’t laid eyes on the island in several years.’ – Dennis Lehane Shutter Island

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