Top 42 Best Opening Lines In Books of All Time Review 2021

Top 42 Best Opening Lines In Books of All Time Review 2020

Looking for the Best Opening Lines In Books? The opening paragraph of a publication can determine many items (such as whether you choose to continue with said publication ). It is the writer’s initial invitation to the world of their generation. Sometimes, they are lengthy, descriptive, run-on paragraphs that prepare one for whatever you are going to see, placing everything out on the desk. Or, they may be brief, concise, small, silent yet poetic paragraphs, not showing much, but urge you to read more.

Introduction paragraphs stick with you in a means unlike any other quotations since they’re forever the first words you connect to studying this particular work. They are the very first things that you see when you open the webpage to chapter you.

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Top Rated Best Opening Lines In Books To Read

Never judge a book by its cover, but what about its own very first lineup?

Writing isn’t about just plot; it’s all about the craft of writing itself – metaphor, world-building, crafted phrases, sharp penetration, and yanking the reader to the Story. A high first line is essential – if it hooks you into your gut and sends you torpedoing throughout the publication’s pages, takes your hand and gently leads you into a character’s soul, or gently dissolves your environment to a new universe.

A first line is an introduction to a story; you’re committing to spending some time on it. It’s an assurance that the author, your manual in the narrative world, understands what she’s doing and you won’t be left midway, frustrated, and bitter.

Here is a list of the best opening lines in literature that Pennbook recommended reading:

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

“This was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.”

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

“A screaming comes across the sky.”

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

“Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space ”

Blue Nights by Joan Didion

“In certain latitudes there comes a span of time approaching and following the summer solstice, some weeks in all, when the twilights turn long and blue.”

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“It was a pleasure to burn.”

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”

The Book of Strange New Matters by Michel Faber

“Forty minutes after he was up in the sky.”

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

“I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.”

The Waves by Virginia Woolf

“The sun had not yet risen.”

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

“The time traveler (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us. ”

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

“All this happened, more or less.”

Sellevision by Augusten Burroughs

“You exposed your penis on national television, Max.”

The Trial by Franz Kafka

“Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.”

Start Bang in the Middle of the Action – The Martian, Andy Weir

“I’m pretty much fucked.

That’s my considered opinion.”

Set the Mood – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.”

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

“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, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

The Secret History, Donna Tartt

“The snow in the mountains was melting, and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.”

Moby-Dick, Herman Melville

“Call me Ishmael”

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

“He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.”

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

“Lolita, the light of my life, the fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.”

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

“It was love at first sight.”

Rebecca, Daphne DuMaurier

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton

“There’s a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. All these mountains are grass-covered and rolling, and they’re beautiful beyond any singing of it. The trail climbs seven miles into them, to Carisbrooke; and from that point, if there’s no mist, you look down to one of Africa’s fairest valleys.”

100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez

“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.”

Camille, Alexandre Dumas

“In my opinion, it is impossible to create characters until one has spent a long time studying men, as it is impossible to speak a language until it has been seriously acquired.”

Halfway into the Grave, Jeaniene Frost

“I stiffened at the red and blue lights flashing behind me because there was no way I could explain what was in the back of my truck.”

The Stranger, Albert Camus

“Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can’t be sure.”

The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides

“On the morning the last Lisbon daughter took her turn at suicide – it was Mary this time, and sleeping pills – the two paramedics arrived at the house knowing exactly where the knife drawer was, and the gas oven, and the beam in the basement from which it was possible to tie a rope. ”

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

“It’s a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it if you want to know the truth”

George Orwell

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

Beloved, Toni Morrison

“124 was spiteful. Full of a baby’s venom. The women in the house knew it and so did the children.”

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

“In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

“Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.”

It, Stephen King.

“The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years- if it ever did end- began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.”

In Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien.

“Having placed in my mouth sufficient bread for three minutes’ chewing, I withdrew my powers of sensual perception and retired into the privacy of my mind, my eyes and face assuming a vacant and preoccupied expression.”

Ultraviolet by R J Anderson.

“The darkness behind my eyelids was thick and stank of chemicals, as though someone has poured black oil inside my head.”

The Fifth Elephant byTerry Pratchett.

‘They say the world is flat and supported on the back of four elephants who themselves stand on the back of a giant turtle.”

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink”

Matilda by Roald Dahl

“It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.”

Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler

“Once upon a time, There was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person.”

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

“You better not never tell anybody but God.”

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank and of having nothing to do: Once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book”,u thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?”

Middle Passage by Charles R.Johnson

“Of all of the things that drive men to sea, the most common disaster, I’ve come to learn, are women.”

Scaramouche: A Romance Of The French Revolution by Rafael Sabatini

“He was born with a gift of laughter and a  sense that the world was mad.”

Tracks by Robyn Davidson

“We started dying before the snow, and like the snow; we continued to fall.”

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