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First Sentences of Great Books

Great Books' First SentencesThumbs up or thumbs down on these first sentences?

In most issues of Poets & Writers you'll find a fun section called "Page One" where they print the first line or sentence from new and notable books. I thought it'd be fun to look at first sentences from 20 books that have already become classics (plus some semi-recent hits and a few more-obscure favorites) in order to see if the magic was happening right from the start, or if it took the author a little while to get cooking. You be the judge and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

First sentences from popular books:

When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he'd reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him.
— from The Road, by Cormac McCarthy  
Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton.
— from The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway


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