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100 best first lines from novels

February 3rd, 2006 by Michael Moncur in Links, Quotations

American Book Review has published their list of 100 best first lines from novels. There’s something about a good first line–if it’s done right, it draws you into the novel, setting the scene and giving you an idea of what to expect from the rest of the book. Some of them, like my favorite from Anna Karenina above, do that amazingly well in a short sentence or two. Here are a few more:

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