Don’t you love when the first sentence really strikes you? You just know you’re going to love the book. Or, if not the book, at least the way the author writes. Some of my favorite first sentences are below…what’s yours?
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
“To be born again,” sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, “first you have to die.” The Satanic Verses, by Salmon Rushdie
“Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know.” The Stranger, by Albert Camus
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier