Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you’re reading. If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.
Well, I started my first ever Tolstoy this week – the hefty tome Anna Karenina. Really enjoying it so far, having read 17 chapters, albeit only 7% of the novel (according to my Kindle).
This is the quintessential opening for a classic. It speaks more about the world than its characters or plot.
I love it – it has a certain grandness about it, it resonates with all.
That is one of the things I enjoy most about classics – their observational and philosopical qualities. They give us things to ponder…
I had actually heard of this saying before, but hadn’t realised where it had originated from. Similar to Dickens’ classic opening line in A Tale of Two Cities,
great opening lines often take on a life of their own within our culture.
Can you think of any other classic opening lines that have become famous outside of the work that gave birth to them?
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